Waterfront

  • Aquaculture industry under pressure on both coasts

    Aquaculture industry under pressure on both coasts

    ELLSWORTH — Maquoit Bay in Brunswick and Puget Sound in Washington state are separated by thousands of miles, but shellfish farmers in both places are feeling some heat. Earlier this month, a federal judge in Seattle ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit that authorizes virtually all shellfish aquaculture in Washington state was

  • Mariners sail in offshore regatta at Naval Academy

    Mariners sail in offshore regatta at Naval Academy

    CASTINE — It was still warm in the middle of the month as 10 collegiate teams, including one from Maine Maritime Academy, met in Annapolis to contest the McMillan Cup aboard the U.S. Naval Academy’s fleet of Navy 44 sloops on the weekend of Oct. 19 and 20. The two-day event offered significant strategic and

  • Marine Patrol promotes Talbot

    Marine Patrol promotes Talbot

    AUGUSTA — The Marine Patrol has announced the promotion of 18-year veteran Matthew Talbot to the newly created rank of captain. He is the son of Alan Talbot, who retired with the rank of major as deputy chief in 2013 after a 25-year career in the Marine Patrol. Before transferring to Augusta, the elder Talbot

  • Whole Oceans project moves forward

    Whole Oceans project moves forward

    BUCKSPORT — Whole Oceans has taken another step forward in its efforts to build a state-of-the-art recirculating aquaculture system to grow Atlantic salmon on the site of the former Verso mill. On Monday, the company announced that it had received needed submerged lands leases that will allow it to use its property along the Penobscot

  • DMR floats new gear regs to protect whales

    DMR floats new gear regs to protect whales

    ELLSWORTH — As the battle over how best to protect endangered northern right whales continues to escalate, the Department of Marine Resources is proposing a new set of requirements for lobster gear that the department believes will help reduce injury to the whales without imposing severe, and some say dangerous, restrictions on fishermen. Last week,

  • DMR to hold lotteries  for scallop licenses

    DMR to hold lotteries for scallop licenses

    ELLSWORTH — The Department of Marine Resources announced last Friday that it was opening two lotteries for scallop fishing licenses for the upcoming 2019-20 fishing season. One of the lotteries will be for scallop drag licenses, while the other will be for scallop dive licenses. Based on the number of licenses retired in 2018, DMR

  • Mariner offshore sailors race at Larchmont

    Mariner offshore sailors race at Larchmont

    CASTINE — The Maine Maritime Academy offshore sailing team traveled to Larchmont, N.Y., last weekend for the Storm Trysail Club’s annual Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta. This year, the event drew 48 teams with three from Canadian universities and one coming all the way from France. With the fleet divided into six classes, light airs limited the

  • Mouse has many lives

    Mouse has many lives

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Five years of work rebuilding a venerable old boat were finally capped off recently when Kathe and Dan Walton celebrated the launch of the 1972 Bunker and Ellis lobster boat Susan Margaret. The boat is named for Kathe Walton’s mother, Susan Bunker Newman. The late Raymond Bunker was Newman’s father and Walton’s

  • Stonington lands grant to improve fish pier

    Stonington lands grant to improve fish pier

    STONINGTON — A $65,000 Small Harbor Improvement Program (SHIP) grant from the Maine Department of Transportation will help Stonington fund a project aimed at improving parking and access to the municipal fish pier. The grant will cover 50 percent of the $130,000 project cost. The town’s selectmen have already allocated funds from the Fish Pier