• Fleet Caught by Surprise

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island Luders fleet continued its September series of One Design races despite blustery weekend winds. Predicted strong winds motivated a race rescheduling from Saturday to Sunday, and even then the course had to be moved from the Great Harbor to inside of Greening Island because of the heavy winds.

  • Clam Lease

    MOUNT DESERT — An experimental aquaculture lease proposal for Joseph Porada, d/b/a Egypt Bay Seafarms is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 30 at the Mount Desert Town office, 21 Sea Street, Northeast Harbor beginning at 6 p.m.   The lease proposal focuses primarily on the cultivation of hard clams, a.k.a quahogs, but also will include soft

  • Conference Coming

    NORTHPORT — The second annual Maine Coastal Waters Conference 2009, titled Climate, Energy, and our Coastal Communities, is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 9 a.m. to 5p.m. at the Point Lookout Resort and Conference Center in Northport, Maine.   This all-day event will feature talks about issues of concern to those who manage, study

  • Dig It

    MOUNT DESERT — Recreational clam licenses will be available starting at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1, at the town office, 21 Sea Street, Northeast Harbor.   Licenses will be sold on a first come-first served basis. Recreational license sales are unlimited for residents and real estate taxpayers of the Town of Mount Desert. The

  • Controversial Closures as State Sets Scallop Fishing Season

    HALLOWELL — Maine fishermen will have a 70-day season to fish for scallops this coming winter, but they’ll have fewer places to go fishing. With the state’s scallop resources in serious decline, last winter, Department of Marine Resources (DMR) Commissioner George Lapointe told fishermen there would be no scallop season this year unless substantial areas

  • Local Volunteers to Help With Lighthouse Restoration

    BAR HARBOR — On Monday, Sept. 28, and Tuesday, Sept. 29, area boat crews and local volunteers will leave from Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co.’s dock at 1 West St. in Bar Harbor to assist U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff in restoring the Egg Rock Lighthouse and generator building.   In 1998, the Coast

  • “Oceans in Crisis” Talk at MERI

    BLUE HILL — The Marine Environmental Research Institute (MERI) Ocean Environment Lecture Series presents Susan Shaw speaking on “Oceans in Crisis: Emerging Health Risks, Innovative Solutions” on Thursday Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. at MERI.   A reception is scheduled at 6. Shaw, the founder/director of MERI and a marine toxicologist, will discusses her landmark

  • Tern For the Better

    BAR HARBOR — Terns didn’t have it so good on the coast of Maine in the 19th century. Eggs were harvested for food; feathers for hats. Populations were decimated, says Linda Welch, a wildlife biologist with the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge. They’re doing better now, because people like Ms. Welch have been working

  • Donation Keeps Sea Scouts Afloat

    MOUNT DESERT — The local Sea Scout troop – Ship 98, S.S.S. Acadia – recently received a welcome gift that will help them in their quest to explore the maritime environment. Barbara Stainton, owner of Cranberry Island Boat Yard, donated a 25-foot Cape Dory sailboat to the group. Kevin Buck, skipper of Ship 98, and