• Dealer sentenced for illegal elver trafficking

    Dealer sentenced for illegal elver trafficking

    PORTLAND — After an investigation lasting more than five years, U.S. District Court Judge Jon D. Levy sentenced Woolwich elver dealer William Sheldon to serve six months in federal prison and three years of supervised release for illegally trafficking in the juvenile eels over a period of four years beginning in 2011. In addition, Sheldon

  • DMR offers rule to help fishmongers

    DMR offers rule to help fishmongers

    AUGUSTA — Ever wonder whether those fancy lobster tails displayed on ice in fish markets around the state came from legal-sized lobsters? You are not alone. The folks who run the fish markets couldn’t tell whether those tails were legal, so they asked the Department of Marine Resources for help. Last week, DMR proposed a

  • Trawl ban moves ahead

    BAR HARBOR — A plan to ban trap trawls longer than five traps each in an offshore area is headed to the rulemaking process in the Department of Marine Resources (DMR) after a referendum question sent to lobster license holders who fish in the area came back with more than two-thirds support for the idea.

  • Toddy Pond alewife survey planned

    ORLAND — Volunteers are needed to count alewives as they return to the Narramissic River watershed this spring. Starting early this month, people will count fish ascending the Toddy Pond fish ladder, and contribute to the Deptartment of Marine Resources’ knowledge of how well the Toddy Pond dam’s ladder is working. “Last year’s Orland count

  • Elver fishery on record pace

    Elver fishery on record pace

    ELLSWORTH — With more than five weeks to go in the season, Maine’s elver fishery is on a pace to set a new record for value. As of 6 p.m. Sunday, the Department of Marine Resources reported that dealers had already purchased just over 5,046 pounds of elvers and paid harvesters slightly more than $13

  • MMA commencement set for Saturday

    MMA commencement set for Saturday

    CASTINE — Maine Maritime Academy will hold its 2018 commencement this Saturday, May 5, at 11 a.m. at the Alexander Field House. U.S. Maritime Administrator Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby (USN, Ret.) will be the college’s commencement speaker. Buzby was sworn in as maritime administrator last August following appointment by President Donald Trump and confirmation

  • Genetically engineered salmon inch closer to market

    ELLSWORTH — Halloween is a long ways off, but the genetically engineered Atlantic salmon dubbed “Frankenfish” by critics are now a little bit closer to commercial production in the United States. On Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave the nod to Massachusetts-based AquaBounty Technologies Inc. to begin growing its genetically modified AquAdvantage Salmon

  • Online boating safety course free for Maine residents

    AUGUSTA — The Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife offers Maine boaters many ways to take boating safety courses, but now there is a new option that saves money. The BoatUS Foundation boating safety course is now available free online to Maine residents. The course includes interactive animations, videos and photos designed to give boaters

  • Trojans’ early momentum stalls at O’Day qualifier

    Trojans’ early momentum stalls at O’Day qualifier

    PORTLAND — The Mount Desert Island High School sailing team got the weekend off to a terrific start on Saturday. The Trojans’ A-division boat won the first race of the day at the Saturday qualifier for the annual New England Schools Sailing Association’s Fleet Racing Championship, the O’Day Trophy regatta, but it was all downhill