• Lobster boat racing season is under way

    Lobster boat racing season is under way

    ROCKLAND — Maine’s summer lobster boat racing season opened last weekend with turnouts of nearly 50 boats both at Boothbay Harbor on Saturday and at Rockland on Sunday. Both races drew several new boats, including several from Downeast, and both events saw some impressive speed runs, though no records were broken. This year, race organizers

  • Schooner Bowdoin sets sail for educational cruises

    Schooner Bowdoin sets sail for educational cruises

    CASTINE — Maine Maritime Academy’s schooner Bowdoin, a national historic landmark and the official vessel of the state of Maine, will be home to two groups of students in the school’s Vessel Operations and Technology program this summer. The students will be sailing coastwise and offshore as part of sail training courses during which they

  • Historical society proposes museum

    VERONA ISLAND — The Verona Historical Society is raising money to purchase land for its future SS Roosevelt Discovery Museum. Historical Society Board President Ken Cox sent a press release that said the society is soliciting tax-deductible donations to purchase land for the project. The museum will focus on shipbuilding days of the 1800s, the history

  • River closed to clamming likely to reopen soon

    ELLSWORTH — The Department of Marine Resources (DMR) closed a section of the Jordan River between Trenton and Lamoine to shellfish harvesting late last month after what the deparatment said was “the identification of a pollution point source.” Pam Parker, water enforcement manager with the Maine Department of Environment Protection, said on Tuesday that the

  • Lobster boat racing season starts Saturday

    Lobster boat racing season starts Saturday

    ELLSWORTH — The summer solstice arrives in the early morning on June 21, but celestial observations notwithstanding, summer truly arrives this Saturday when the 2018 Maine lobster boat racing season gets under way at Boothbay Harbor. Lobster fishermen have undoubtedly been racing their working boats since the first time two of them moored in the

  • Downeast aquaculture research gets funding

    ELLSWORTH — Maine EPSCoR’s (Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET) is funding two projects in Washington County aimed at better understanding the effects of environmental change and management policies on soft-shell clams and Atlantic sea scallops. “The goal of SEANET’s mini-grant program is to respond rapidly to aquaculture R&D needs

  • Penobscot celebrates completion of fishways

    Penobscot celebrates completion of fishways

    PENOBSCOT — While hundreds of alewives swam lazily about in shallow pools in Mill Stream, dozens of visitors gathered in the recreation area on the shore of Pierce’s Pond to eat smoked fish, drink lemonade and celebrate completion of two new fishways that will ease the migration of alewives to and from the Bagaduce River.

  • Backstabber hopes to make waves on tournament fishing circuit

    Backstabber hopes to make waves on tournament fishing circuit

    SURRY — Boatbuilder Steve Wessel seemed relaxed last week, at least by his usual high-energy standard, as he showed Backstabber, the latest creation from Wesmac Custom Boats, to a pair of enthralled sportsmen. He had a lot to be relaxed about. Like many prospective Wesmac customers, the two Massachusetts sport fishermen inspecting the super luxurious