• State submits offshore wind array application

    AUGUSTA — The state submitted an application to the federal government Oct. 1 to lease 15.2 square miles in the Gulf of Maine for the nation’s first floating offshore wind research array. The site is about 30 miles from Cape Small in Sagadahoc County, 45 miles from Portland and 23 miles from Monhegan, according to

  • Pettegrow asks judge to toss out arbitration award

    TRENTON — The former CEO of Lobster 207 has asked a judge to vacate a $1 million arbitration award to his former employer, arguing that he was not paid his proper wages by the company before his firing and the business did not maintain a complete personnel file for him showing any history of the

  • DEP meeting set on salmon farm permits

    DEP meeting set on salmon farm permits

    The state Department of Environmental Protection will hold a three-hour public meeting strictly online late in October to hear comments and concerns about American Aquafarms’ permit applications to discharge two billion gallons of circulated water daily from the Norwegian-backed company’s two 15-pen sites.

  • Mills calls for gear marking delay

    Mills calls for gear marking delay

    AUGUSTA — Governor Janet Mills asked federal officials to reduce the economic harm that will result from parts of the new rules for the lobster fishery that are being put in place to help protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale. “It is entirely unfair that Maine lobstermen continue to be the primary target of

  • Public invited to help with collect rockweed data

    WINTER HARBOR — The public is invited to join Schoodic Institute scientists in the intertidal zone to collect data about rockweed while exploring the beauty of the rocky coast between the tides. Rockweed (Ascophyllum nodosum) is the dominant algae or seaweed along most of Maine’s rocky shoreline and provides habitat for animals living in and

  • Puffin chicks had a particularly bad year

    Puffin chicks had a particularly bad year

    PETIT MANAN — This past year was a particularly bad one for the young Atlantic puffins that nest on Maine’s coastal islands. For the last 17 years, an average of 65 percent of puffin chicks would survive the season and leave the state’s seabird colonies. Those figures plummeted in 2021, according to experts. This season,

  • State unlikely to sue NOAA over lobster rules

    State unlikely to sue NOAA over lobster rules

    AUGUSTA — Maine won’t pursue a lawsuit against federal regulators over the new lobster fishery rules aimed at helping the endangered North Atlantic right whale, but state officials are considering other legal avenues. In a meeting with lawmakers last week, Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher said he was advised that the state didn’t