Waterfront

  • DMR renews mussel farm lease

    SORRENTO — The Department of Marine Resources gave Acadia Aqua Farms an early present a week before Christmas when Commissioner Patrick Keliher approved a renewal of the Trenton-based company’s lease for the bottom culture of mussels on a 14.3-acre site off Waukeag Neck in Flanders Bay. Acadia acquired the lease, originally issued in September 1997

  • Japan will resume commercial whaling in July

    ELLSWORTH — Japan will resume commercial whale hunting next summer for the first time since the International Whaling Commission imposed a moratorium on the fishery more than 30 years ago. On Dec. 26, Yoshihide Suga, Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, announced that the country would withdraw from the IWC on June 30, 2019, and resume commercial

  • New Stonington legislator encourages future lobstermen

    New Stonington legislator encourages future lobstermen

    STONINGTON — Maine’s recent election has brought a crop of first-time legislators to Augusta, among them lobsterman Genevieve McDonald who filed her first piece of legislation even before the new Legislature has been sworn in. McDonald represents House District 134, an all-island district that stretches eastwards from Penobscot Bay to Mount Desert Island and includes

  • Young MDI sailors compete at national championship

    Young MDI sailors compete at national championship

    ELLSWORTH — Coach John Macauley said he was pleased with both the performance and the sportsmanship of the Mount Desert Island High School sailing team at the high school national championship regatta for keelboat racing sailed in St. Petersburg, Fla., on the weekend of Dec. 7. “I’m always impressed by these guys,” Macauley said of

  • Whole Oceans announces aquaculture course, scholarship program

    Whole Oceans announces aquaculture course, scholarship program

    BUCKSPORT — Whole Oceans and the town of Bucksport are partnering on a scholarship for 10 area residents to take an online aquaculture class. Maine-based Whole Oceans intends to create a land-based salmon farm on the former Verso Mill site. Jennifer Fortier, outreach and development associate for the company, announced the class and the scholarship

  • Barge, diver raise sunken lobster boat

    Barge, diver raise sunken lobster boat

    GOULDSBORO — The big winds that pummeled eastern Maine late in November did plenty of damage along the coast, including the sinking of the lobster boat Robin A. II in Prospect Harbor. Last Friday, Bar Harbor scuba diver Ed Monat joined Captain Wid Minctons and his Southwest Harbor-based crane barge Charles Bradley in a salvage

  • Maine fisheries groups support DMR Commissioner Keliher

    Maine fisheries groups support DMR Commissioner Keliher

    ELLSWORTH — Who says miracles don’t happen? In what must be a first in modern history, virtually every commercial fishing organization in Maine joined together to urge Governor-elect Janet Mills to keep Patrick Keliher on the job as commissioner of Marine Resources after she takes office in January. First reported in the Maine Lobstermen’s Association’s

  • Marine Patrol gets hardier boat for use around Stonington

    Marine Patrol gets hardier boat for use around Stonington

    STONINGTON — The Marine Patrol has launched a new boat in Stonington to support its work patrolling Maine’s most lucrative fishing port. The new 26-foot Patrol Vessel Moxie, built by Biddeford-based General Marine, replaces a 21-foot Boston Whaler. “The PV Moxie’s name represents the courage and determination of Marine Patrol officers,” Marine Patrol Col. Jon