• Marine Patrol gets stronger binoculars

    Marine Patrol gets stronger binoculars

    AUGUSTA — A $3,200 grant from the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund combined with matching funds of $2,339.50 from the Department of Marine Resources have let the Marine Patrol buy new and stronger binoculars that will improve the force’s ability to conduct surveillance for law enforcement and its search and rescue capabilities. The new 14 x

  • Proposed salmon farm on track in Bucksport

    BUCKSPORT — Whole Oceans is closer to landing its proposed salmon farm, which would employ a recirculating aquaculture system and hundreds of people at the former Verso mill site. Chief Executive Officer Jason Mitchell announced Tuesday that the company was close to obtaining a Maine Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit. “That’s a big milestone for

  • Will lobstermen wear life jackets while they work?

    Will lobstermen wear life jackets while they work?

    ELLSWORTH — It’s no secret that commercial fishing can be an extremely dangerous occupation. According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health Center for Maritime Safety and Health Studies, the rate of fatalities in commercial fishing is more than 30 times higher than the average industrial fatality rate and falling overboard is the

  • Islanders rally for sunken lobster boat

    Islanders rally for sunken lobster boat

    CRANBERRY ISLES — Friends of Islesford lobsterman Cory Alley — and perhaps some people who don’t even know him — have contributed more than $26,000 to help him and his family following the sinking of his lobster boat, Under Pressure, on its mooring last Thursday morning, Oct. 24. Alley said a video taken by a

  • Ship’s documentation service moves to Main Street

    Ship’s documentation service moves to Main Street

    ELLSWORTH — The jump from processing insurance claims to registering new vessel ownership with the U.S. Coast Guard may seem a long one, but for Susan Brown, owner of the Bayside Documentation Co,. the transition was natural and successful. More than two decades ago, Brown moved to Downeast Maine from Vermont and took a clerical

  • Small oyster farms are big, big business

    Small oyster farms are big, big business

    PORTLAND — It’s no secret that shellfish aquaculture is expanding rapidly in Maine with the farming of oysters leading the charge. In 2013, according to the Department of Marine Resources, oyster landings in Maine totaled some 966,167 pounds, virtually all of it farmed product, worth about $2.4 million. Last year, Maine producers landed some 2.7

  • DMR announces new program aimed at salmon recovery

    ELLSWORTH — The Department of Marine Resources has adopted a new program to provide funding for Atlantic salmon recovery work and reduce regulatory hurdles for road and bridge construction projects. The Atlantic Salmon Restoration and Conservation Program gives public and private parties working on road and bridge construction projects the flexibility to pay a fee

  • NOAA scientists admit a gaffe on risk to whales of lobster trap lines

    ELLSWORTH — Late last month, the NOAA Fisheries Northeast Fisheries Science Center released a “technical memorandum” suggesting that expensive efforts by Maine lobstermen aimed at reducing the risk that endangered North Atlantic right whales and other large whales would become entangled in vertical buoy lines had backfired. According to the memorandum, issued just before a