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  • Collaboration of three boat builders results in Alchemy

    Collaboration of three boat builders results in Alchemy

    BROOKLIN — When elements combine with seemingly magical results, the process is often described as “alchemy.” And when noted yacht designer Bill Tripp got together with three Maine boatyards — The Hinckley Co. in Trenton, the Brooklin Boat Yard and the Front Street Shipyard in Belfast — the result was literally Alchemy, a modern, Bill

  • $20M grant awarded for DNA-based ocean monitoring

    ELLSWORTH — A $20-million grant announced by the National Science Foundation earlier this month will fund a five-year initiative by Maine science institutes to revolutionize the understanding and management of coastal ocean ecosystems, the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences reported recently. The grant will fund the first large-scale effort to develop a cutting-edge, DNA-based toolset

  • Mullen is new Bar Harbor pilot boat captain

    Mullen is new Bar Harbor pilot boat captain

    BAR HARBOR — The cruise ship slows to seven or eight knots but doesn’t stop for its rendezvous with the boat that has come to pick up the harbor pilot who guided the big ship out of Frenchman Bay on its departure from Bar Harbor. As the bow of the ship cuts through the water,

  • DMR puts hold on whale rule meetings

    DMR puts hold on whale rule meetings

    ELLSWORTH — Hold everything. Early last week, the Department of Marine Resources published a list of tentative dates for a second round of lobster zone council meetings relating to the measures Maine intends to submit to the National Marine Fisheries Service to reduce risk to right whales supposedly posed by lobster gear. At the end

  • Young sailors learn about safety at sea

    Young sailors learn about safety at sea

    CASTINE — It isn’t often that a bunch of teenage river sailors gets a chance to learn what big-boat sailing is all about, but last Wednesday 11 youthful sailors from the Lawrence Community Boating Program in Massachusetts spent a day learning the ropes aboard three serious cruising sailboats on Penobscot Bay. The occasion was the

  • NOAA ends fishing career of New Bedford’s “Codfather”

    NOAA ends fishing career of New Bedford’s “Codfather”

    ELLSWORTH — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced Monday that it has reached a settlement of its civil claims against onetime fisheries magnate Carlos Rafael that will ban New Bedford’s notorious “Codfather” from commercial fishing permanently. The civil settlement is the latest step in the federal government’s efforts to deal with Rafael’s illegal

  • Winter Harbor Lobster Boat Races draw huge fleet

    Winter Harbor Lobster Boat Races draw huge fleet

    WINTER HARBOR — “If you build it, he will come,” a disembodied voice tells Ray Kinsella, the character played by actor Kevin Costner in the 1989 film “Field of Dreams.” That bit of dialogue has become one of the most widely quoted, or misquoted, in cinema but the thought seems to apply in real life

  • New lobster boat Alyssa Noreen launched in Stonington

    New lobster boat Alyssa Noreen launched in Stonington

    STONINGTON — No one can spend a lifetime as a lobsterman without a deeply imbedded kernel of optimism. While that characteristic might not be obvious in everyone, Stonington lobsterman Clayton Joyce would seem to have it in abundance. Until just recently, lobster fishing has been slow. So slow in fact that the much anticipated shortage