Waterfront

  • Adopt A Whale For Xmas

    BAR HARBOR — College of the Atlantic’s marine mammal stranding program, Allied Whale, if offering a chance to adopt a whale this holiday season.   The Adopt-a-Whale program supports the research Allied Whale – work that has captured the imagination of thousands of caring and informed people around the globe, both young and old. A

  • Seaweed Surcharge

    AUGUSTA — A proposal to impose an annual surcharge of $1.50 per wet ton on licensed seaweed buyers is proving to be controversial. The surcharge would only apply to buyers who purchase at least 10 tons annually directly from licensed seaweed harvesters. The regulation would implement a surcharge established by the Legislature last year to

  • Safety Rules

    HALLOWELL — The winter scallop season opened on Tuesday. The Department of Marine Resources (DMR) Advisory Council is scheduled to vote soon on new regulations aimed at improving safety for scallop and urchin divers.   With few exceptions, beginning next August the regulations will require sea urchin and scallop divers and diving tenders to hold

  • Fishing For Presents?

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The U.S. Coast Guard recently released a Christmas shopping list for the commercial fisherman in your life.   When’s the last time your fisherman tried on their survival suit? Do you have any survival suits onboard for the kids when they pay a visit? A USCG/SOLAS-approved cold water survival suit is less

  • Use of “Catch Shares” Encouraged in New Report

    SILVER SPRING, Md. — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is pushing fishermen to adopt “catch share” plans in more fisheries as a tool for ending overfishing and rebuilding depleted stocks of groundfish and other species.   Thirteen fisheries are currently managed through a variety of catch share programs. Four more plans are scheduled

  • Coast Guard Announces Plans to End LORAN C Service, Again

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard has once again announced the end of the world, at least insofar as mariners know it.   Late last month, the Coast Guard announed that it would begin phasing out its LORAN C navigation system beginning Jan. 4 of next year if, as expected, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security

  • Students to Study Invasive Species Under New Research Institute Program

    PORTLAND — More than 300 supporters, teachers and students recently turned out at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, either in person or via the Internet telephone service Skype, to celebrate the launch of Vital Signs, a new science education program for Maine students.   Vital Signs leverages the state’s school laptop program to enable

  • DMR Advisory Council to Consider Diver Safety, Seaweed Harvest Rules

    HALLOWELL — With the winter scallop season set to open next week, the Department of Marine Resources (DMR) Advisory Council is scheduled to vote on new regulations aimed at improving safety for scallop and urchin divers.   With few exceptions, beginning next August the regulations will require sea urchin and scallop divers and diving tenders

  • Dive Team Finds Missing Dragger in Icy Cobscook Bay Waters

    PEMBROKE — Returning to an area where sluicing tide had limited their ability to search, Maine State Police and Marine Patrol divers found the sunken hull of the urchin dragger All American on the bottom of chilly Cobscook Bay on Monday morning.   The fishing boat and her crew, captain Loren Lank, 53, of Lubec

  • Scholarships Offered

    GLOUCESTER, Mass. — On Dec. 5, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced the availability of scholarships to students majoring in disciplines related to oceanic and atmospheric science, research, or technology, and supportive of the purposes of NOAA’s programs and mission.   Undergraduate scholarships include the Educational Partnership Program Undergraduate Scholarship (with an application due