Waterfront

  • Flare disposal bill is a hot topic online

    Flare disposal bill is a hot topic online

    ELLSWORTH — A bill in the Maine Legislature aimed at establishing a safe way to dispose of expired marine flares has become a hot topic on the internet. On Monday, the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee was scheduled to hear testimony on LD 430 sponsored by Rep. Joyce “Jay” McCreight (D-Harpswell), who chairs the

  • Fishermen’s Forum opens with packed agenda

    Fishermen’s Forum opens with packed agenda

    ROCKPORT — The 44th annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum opens at the Samoset Resort on Thursday morning and there should be a full house for the entire three-day event. According to forum Coordinator Chiloa Young, rooms at the Samoset have been “100 percent booked for Friday and Saturday night” for several weeks. At the beginning of

  • Maritime Academy sailing teams preparing for spring

    Maritime Academy sailing teams preparing for spring

    CASTINE — Though objective evidence may be scant, spring is here, or at least it’s on the horizon. Last week, Maine Maritime Academy held its annual dinner for the student organizations that make the waterfront their home: the MMA Yacht Club, the Schooner Bowdoin crew and the Mariners’ sailing team. By coincidence, last Tuesday’s event

  • Video: A bird’s eye view of the Whole Oceans site in Bucksport

    Video: A bird’s eye view of the Whole Oceans site in Bucksport video

    BUCKSPORT — The Portland-based company Whole Oceans has plans to build a land-based fish farm that will, if all goes as expected, grow about 44 million pounds of Atlantic salmon using recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) technology on the site of the now-closed Verso mill in Bucksport shown in this recent drone-filmed flyover video.

  • Fishermen’’s Forum opens Feb. 28

    ROCKPORT — No matter what the weather may be doing, the evidence that spring is just around the corner is incontrovertible. Last week, pitchers and catchers reported to Major League Baseball training camps throughout Florida and Arizona. Next week, hundreds of fishermen, fisheries regulators, scientists and merchants selling everything marine from massive lobster boats and

  • Elegant Anna nominated for international award

    Elegant Anna nominated for international award

    BELFAST — The yacht design team of Robert Stephens and Paul Waring got some exciting news recently. Classic Boat, a leading British magazine devoted to the sailing, restoration, maintenance and construction of elegant examples of the yachting tradition, announced last month that the Stephens & Waring-designed sloop Anna was a finalist for the Classic Boat

  • Proposed legislation riles, cheers wormers

    Proposed legislation riles, cheers wormers

    AUGUSTA — The age-old conflict over access to Maine’s tidal flats got another airing last week during a public hearing on proposed legislation in the Legislature’s Marine Resources Committee. Rep. Stanley Zeigler (D-Montville) filed a bill that would prohibit operation of a motor vehicle other than “authorized emergency vehicles” in the intertidal zone except to

  • Herring quota slashed

    Herring quota slashed

    ELLSWORTH — Imagine running a trucking business and having your supply of diesel fuel cut by 70 percent. For all practical purposes, that’s what happened to the Maine lobster industry last week. Last Thursday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced it was cutting the 2019 herring quota by about 70 percent. That bodes ill

  • Lobster processing coming to Bucksport

    Lobster processing coming to Bucksport

    BUCKSPORT — This former mill town still has a ways to go, but two new projects could turn the inland river city into a mecca for seafood lovers. Portland-based Whole Oceans is immersed in developing a land-based recirculating aquaculture facility that will, it hopes, eventually produce more than 44 million pounds of Atlantic salmon on