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  • Welles nominated for top U.S. sailing prize

    Welles nominated for top U.S. sailing prize

    ELLSWORTH — For devotees of high school sailing, it doesn’t seem all that long ago that Will Welles was a star skipper for the Mount Desert Island High School sailing team, racing fiercely against George Stevens Academy in Southwest Harbor or Castine. In fact, it has been a long time and the 1993 MDIHS graduate

  • PETA lobster complaint not being prosecuted

    PETA lobster complaint not being prosecuted

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County District Attorney’s Office has decided not to pursue a complaint against Maine Fair Trade Lobster in Prospect Harbor filed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). “Mr. [District Attorney Matt] Foster concluded that a precedent from 2013 in District 6 (Knox County), where a nearly identical claim was

  • Whale rule changes coming on two tracks

    Whale rule changes coming on two tracks

    BAR HARBOR — Maine lobstermen and their representatives, along with state fisheries regulators, continue in the trenches of debates about how much the Maine lobster fishery is implicated in the decline of the North Atlantic right whale. Ongoing efforts to protect the whales from entanglement with fishing gear may result in two different new sets

  • Good scallop season may be bound for a change

    Good scallop season may be bound for a change

    STONINGTON — Maine’s scallop season got off to a good start last month, with supplies plentiful and a strong price, but that may be about to change. Early on, according to Melissa Smith, the scallop resource manager at the Department of Marine Resources, along most of the coast between Penobscot Bay and Cobscook Bay landings

  • PETA lodges complaint against lobster plant

    PETA lodges complaint against lobster plant

    GOULDSBORO — Consider the lobster. Or, for animal rights group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) consider the lobster being dismembered. PETA has lodged a complaint alleging incidents of animal cruelty at a Prospect Harbor lobster processing plant. The complaint, sent to the Hancock County District Attorney’s Office and Gouldsboro Police Chief Tyler

  • Marketing plan to pitch Maine’s soft-shell lobsters

    Marketing plan to pitch Maine’s soft-shell lobsters

    By Penelope Overton Portland Press Herald PORTLAND — A state-funded marketing council is expanding its new-shell lobster crusade to focus on courting the fishmongers who sell seafood, not just the chefs who cook it. The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative plans to appoint a celebrity spokesman, submit a trademark application and create a seasonal calendar to

  • DMR renews mussel farm lease

    SORRENTO — The Department of Marine Resources gave Acadia Aqua Farms an early present a week before Christmas when Commissioner Patrick Keliher approved a renewal of the Trenton-based company’s lease for the bottom culture of mussels on a 14.3-acre site off Waukeag Neck in Flanders Bay. Acadia acquired the lease, originally issued in September 1997