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  • Replica of Hemingway’s Pilar launched in Brooklin

    Replica of Hemingway’s Pilar launched in Brooklin

    BROOKLIN — With the United States deep in the Great Depression, 1934 wasn’t a great year for most people, but it was a winner for author Ernest Hemmingway. In April of that year, he took delivery of the 38-foot motorboat Pilar, his then wife’s nickname, custom built by the Wheeler Yacht Co. in its Brooklyn,

  • Scallop license lottery is open

    Scallop license lottery is open

    ELLSWORTH — Fishermen who would like to get a license to participate in Maine’s lucrative scallop fishery this winter now have the chance to do that, if they’re lucky. On Monday, the Department of Marine Resources opened two lotteries for available scallop fishing licenses. One lottery is for licenses to drag for scallops from a

  • Shark encounter surprises Stonington fishermen

    STONINGTON — Donnie McHenan has been lobster fishing most of his life, but last week he had a first-time experience he’ll never forget and hopes never to repeat. The weather was fine as McHenan and sternman Mike Thompson were hauling lobster gear near Green Ledge off Fog Island, an empty stretch of water off the

  • Lobstermen may get up to $50M in relief funds

    Lobstermen may get up to $50M in relief funds

    ELLSWORTH — Whatever the relationship between China and the United States — particularly the lobster industry — may be, Maine lobstermen are certainly living in interesting times. Last week, a scant two months before the upcoming presidential election, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it would soon release some $530 million appropriated by Congress

  • Aquaculture scoping session canceled

    LAMOINE — The Department of Marine Resources announced on Tuesday that the Ocean Resources Inc. scoping session originally scheduled for Sept. 19 at Lamoine State Park has been canceled. The cancellation also applies to the alternate date listed in the original notice of the meeting. There is no information yet as to when, or whether,

  • $2 million awarded for lobster research

    $2 million awarded for lobster research

    ELLSWORTH  – Maine’s Congressional delegation announced last week that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Sea Grant American Lobster Initiative will again receive $2 million in funding to support Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank American lobster research priorities. This is the second consecutive year that the program has received federal money for the research

  • Jordan River aquaculture lease proposed

    Jordan River aquaculture lease proposed

    LAMOINE  – The Department of Marine Resources has scheduled for later this month a preliminary review of an application for a 2.96-acre aquaculture lease to be situated in the Jordan River. The draft application filed by Ocean Resources Inc. calls for a 20-year lease to grow as many as 18,000 green sea urchins and 18,000

  • Commissioner updates fishing community on federal aid

    Commissioner updates fishing community on federal aid

    ELLSWORTH  – It’s no secret that the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have been especially hard on small businesses and the self-employed. While Maine workers who lost their jobs were, with greater or lesser difficulty, able to qualify for federally enhanced state unemployment insurance benefits, most fishermen were not so fortunate even though their

  • Fifth annual International Maritime Film Festival will be online

    BUCKSPORT — The fifth annual International Maritime Film Festival has announced that it will be held entirely online in 2020 and has named the winning films entered in the festival competition. This year, the festival will run from Sept. 18 through Sept. 27. Live question-and-answer sessions with filmmakers are scheduled throughout the event. This year’s

  • Where are the sharks? DMR joins tracking effort

    Where are the sharks? DMR joins tracking effort

    ELLSWORTH — In late July, Maine experienced its first recorded fatal shark attack when a great white shark attacked a woman swimming close to shore in a cove on Bailey Island in Casco Bay. Late last month, the Department of Marine Resources announced that it would be joining the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and the

  • Hair-raising Warburg Cup regatta caps unusual season

    Hair-raising Warburg Cup regatta caps unusual season

    MOUNT DESERT — With the oddest summer sailing season in memory winding down, the Northeast Harbor Fleet put the wrapper on its 2020 racing season last Sunday with the annual Warburg Cup regatta. It was a doozy. After a Saturday that featured torrential rain Downeast, Sunday brought blue skies and blustery winds to the waters

  • EPA delays engine emissions rules for lobster boats

    ELLSWORTH — Maine’s beleaguered lobster fishermen got some rare good news last week, though it will benefit only a handful of them. In a visit to Maine last Thursday, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced a further delay in emissions control rules for large diesel engines to be installed in lobster boats. The