• Ocean oil drilling meeting postponed

    AUGUSTA — The shutdown of the federal government in Washington, D.C., reverberated in Maine on Monday as the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management cancelled a scheduled four-hour public meeting at the Augusta Civic Center for the public to “ask questions, share information” and “learn more” about President Donald Trump’s plan to open hundreds of

  • NOAA sued to limit lobster fishery

    NOAA sued to limit lobster fishery

    ELLSWORTH – Last year, at least 17 endangered North Atlantic right whales died in Canadian waters and off the coast of New England. Some of those deaths were attributed to the whales’ entanglement with lobster fishing gear. On Thursday, three conservation organizations sued the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service in the

  • Feds set to sell oil drilling rights off Maine coast

    Feds set to sell oil drilling rights off Maine coast

    ELLSWORTH — The federal government’s plan to allow drilling for oil off the coast of Maine has emerged from seeming oblivion. Last April, President Donald Trump issued an executive order outlining what was described as an “America-First Offshore Energy Strategy.” Soon afterward, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke ordered the federal Bureau of Ocean

  • Ocean sensor buoy disabled

    Ocean sensor buoy disabled

    ISLESFORD — Lobsterman Mark Fernald of Islesford and Bar Harbor was checking a line of traps about six miles north of Mount Desert Rock last Wednesday, Jan. 10, when he noticed that the Eastern Maine Shelf Buoy, about 500 feet away, didn’t look right. He went closer and saw that the buoy was sitting low

  • New rules could resolve some fish farming issues

    ELLSWORTH — If too many cooks spoil the broth, too many limited purpose aquaculture licenses may be spoiling the waters for Maine’s fish farming industry. The licenses and the sites they cover, known without distinction as “LPAs,” have a one-year term, renewable annually. The area of an LPA site is limited to no more than

  • Ellsworth dam relicensing proceeds apace

    Ellsworth dam relicensing proceeds apace

    ELLSWORTH — The bitter cold of the new year was a reminder of the glacial pace of relicensing proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the Leonard Lake and Graham Lake dams on the Union River. In October 2012, Black Bear Hydro Partners LLC, owner of the Ellsworth hydropower dam that forms Leonard Lake

  • Elver license lottery nears

    Elver license lottery nears

    ELLSWORTH — The deadline for a chance to look for a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, or at least in a Maine stream or river, is fast approaching. Last year, the Legislature directed the Department of Marine Resources to establish a lottery for new licenses to participate in the state’s lucrative

  • Lobstermen may have to give up their secrets

    Lobstermen may have to give up their secrets

    ELLSWORTH — The anti-regulatory fervor sweeping the nation’s capital doesn’t seem to extend as far as the Gulf of Maine, at least not for lobster and Jonah crab fishermen. This week, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is holding two public hearings in Maine on a plan to impose new reporting requirements in the offshore