• Plenty of Drama But No Records At Weekend Lobster Boat Races

    SEARSPORT — Lobster boat racing is supposed to be thrilling, but Jonesporter Ellery Alley got more than he bargained for when he was pitched out of his vessel at the Searsport Lobster Boat races Saturday morning. Alley was at the helm of his 29-foot Underdog chasing Galen Alley’s record-holding Foolish Pleasure up the course at

  • Milbridge Fisherman Seriously Injured

    MILBRIDGE — Fisherman Bill Pidgeon, 65, of Milbridge suffered serious facial trauma July 3 while hauling traps when his lobster boat hit a ledge, sending him through the boat’s windshield, according to the Marine Patrol office in Lamoine. Lt. Alan Talbot said Pidgeon’s sternman, who was not identified, sustained a concussion and fractured ribs. Talbot

  • Conservation Groups Buy Fishing Permits

    BRUNSWICK — Gulf of Maine seafood has fed people for thousands of years and still plays a critical role in providing for New Englanders, but marine ecosystems in this corner of the Atlantic have been radically altered over the years, say experts. Now, as fisheries decline and some fishermen are forced to abandon their livelihoods,

  • Despite Rain, DMR Reopens Many Flats to Shellfish Harvesting

    HALLOWELL — Despite the rain that has continued to inundate Maine over the weekend, the Department of Marine Resources (DMR) has been able to reopen significant portions of Hancock and Washington counties’ shellfish flats to harvesting. On Saturday, the department reopened the flats in the Bagaduce River located in Penobscot, Brooksville and Castine, to harvesting.

  • DMR Closes State’s Shellfish Flats After Recent Heavy Rainfall

    HALLOWELL — The Department of Marine Resources (DMR) announced Tuesday that it was closing the state’s shellfish flats between Cape Neddick, in York, and the Canadian border because of bacterial contamination caused by last week’s torrential rains. The state’s shellfish sanitation safety regulations require that DMR close down shellfishing in areas that experience more than

  • Beam Me Down, Eddie

    A little more than six months after a ferocious Northeast storm wrecked his 49-foot fishing boat The Seal in Bar Harbor, Eddie “Diver Ed” Monat launched a brand new boat to take its place. Built by H & H Marine in Steuben, the 51-foot Osmond Beal-designed Starfish EnterpriseBar Harbor, where it will serve as the

  • Salmon in Three More Maine Rivers Get Endangered Species Protection

    WASHINGTON — The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) this week extended Endangered Species Act protection to more Atlantic salmon by adding fish in the Penobscot, Kennebec and Androscoggin rivers and their tributaries to the endangered Gulf of Maine population first listed in 2000. The

  • Maine Fishing Industry Gets $2.7 Million to Help Deal with Regulations

    WASHINGTON — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced on Monday that Maine will receive $2.7 million to help the state’s fishing industry, which has been battered by the twin impacts of new federal regulations and lower catches. Congress included the funding in the recent Omnibus Assistance Act of 2009. It includes $1.7 million

  • Groundfishery Management Finalized

    PORTLAND — A heavily debated groundfish management plan is due for an overhaul as the New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) is set to announce a final decision on its new management plan, known as Amendment 16 to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSRA), on Wednesday, June 24, in Portland. Many of the

  • Experienced Trojans Repeat as Welles Cup Regatta Champs

    CASTINE — Throughout the high school sailing season, the George Stevens Academy Eagles and the Mount Desert Island High School Trojans raced one another at weekly regattas and each team came away with its share of victories. All that success was just a precursor to the Welles Cup regatta. This year’s Welles Cup was the