• Lobstermen Face Further Restrictions as New Groundline Rules Take Effect

    ELLSWORTH — As lobstermen begin putting their gear in the water newly rigged with sinking rope groundlines, federal fisheries authorities are beginning the next step in the process aimed at protecting endangered right whales and other whales from entanglement with fishing gear. The federal Marine Mammal Protection Act and Endangered Species Act require the National

  • Deer Isle-Stonington Grad Named Collegiate Sailor of the Week

    ELLSWORTH — More than a century ago, Deer Isle sailors became famous throughout the yachting world for their skill as crew aboard America’s Cup racing yachts. Last week, a young Deer Isle sailor again garnered some recognition for her racing prowess. The New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association (NEISA) recently named Grace Becton, a Deer Isle-Stonington

  • New Groundline Rules Effective April 5

    ELLSWORTH — When Maine lobstermen start setting their traps this spring, most of them will be required to use sinking rope for the groundlines that connect the traps together in trawls, or groups, of two or more. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s fisheries service (NMFS) imposed the requirement last fall, and the rule becomes

  • Mariner Sailors Start Preparations for Move to Team Racing Regattas

    CASTINE — Three weeks into the spring regatta season, Maine Maritime Academy sailing coach Tom Brown is ready for a change. Impressed by the competitive attitude of many of the younger sailors, Brown wants to start honing their skills for team racing. Until now, the Mariners have sailed only in fleet racing events. In intercollegiate

  • New Manager Takes the Helm at NEH Fleet

    MOUNT DESERT — Fran Charles has been tapped to skipper the Northeast Harbor Fleet (NEHF). He recently assumed the reins from general manager Greg Wilkinson. Mr. Charles’ experience has made him a valuable asset to the sailing program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and he will bring those qualities here to guide the NEHF.

  • Fish Stocking Continues in Area Lakes

    MOUNT DESERT — Things are going well with the stocking and management of the freshwater fisheries on Mount Desert Island, according to Greg Burr, fisheries biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (DIF&W).

  • Fishing bills submitted

    AUGUSTA — Sen. Dennis Damon, a Hancock County Democrat, has recently proposed two bills that directly affect the state waters within the boundaries of Acadia National Park. The bills were submitted at the behest of Dennis Smith of Otter Creek.