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  • Stonington top port in state for 2020

    Stonington top port in state for 2020

    Maine’s commercial fisheries are thriving in spite of a pandemic year, tariffs on trade with China and looming issues affecting lobsters and lobstermen. The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced on March 24 an ex-vessel value of $516,796,614 for the state’s 2020 commercial landings.

  • Elver season opens Monday

    According to preliminary totals at the end of last season, Maine elver dealers reported buying a total of just over 9,650 pounds with a value of $5,067,522. The average price per pound was $525.

  • Downeast Trout Unlimited meeting March 17

    ELLSWORTH — The Maine brook trout is the focus of the next Downeast Trout Unlimited meeting on Wednesday, March 17. The online meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. and will take place via Zoom. A busines meeting will be followed by two speakers. At 5:45, Merry Gallagher, native fish conservation biologist with the Maine Department

  • Frenchman Bay salmon farm application filed

    Frenchman Bay salmon farm application filed

    American Aquafarms CEO Mikael Roenes said the company’s project would result in hundreds of new jobs in the Downeast region. The 100-000-square-foot Maine Fair Trade facility and its wharf would become the base from which the fish farm’s barges and other craft would embark from to tend the Frenchman Bay ocean pens.

  • “Living room”-sized lease application raises concerns

    “It is on private property that is in the Limited Residential Shoreland zone. Since this would change the use of that property from residential to aquaculture, I believe that would trigger Planning Board review. The Land Use Ordinance specifically prohibits aquaculture in the Limited Residential Shoreland zone, and so I anticipate that ultimately, this project will be denied.”

  • Highly invasive zebra mussels found on aquarium plants

    Highly invasive zebra mussels found on aquarium plants

    Zebra mussels, a highly invasive and prolific species, have been found hitchhiking on aquatic moss balls sold in pet stores in Maine and throughout the country. Maine’s natural resource agencies are urging anyone who may have bought these moss balls to destroy them, and for pet stores to remove them from the shelves and destroy them immediately.

  • Scallop closures announced

    Scallop closures announced

    ELLSWORTH — The Maine Department of Marine Resources has instituted an emergency scallop fishing closure in the St. Croix River in Zone 3; and expanded existing closures in Frenchman Bay, Swan’s Island and Isle au Haut rotational areas.  “The department is concerned that continued harvesting for the remainder of the 2020-21 fishing season in these

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