• Market Price is a whopper

    Market Price is a whopper

    SURRY — There may still be some small fishing boats being built along the Maine coast, but they seem to be few and far between. WESMAC Custom Boats’ latest surely isn’t among them. Early this month, just in time to beat the first snow of the winter, WESMAC launched the 54-foot Market Price from the

  • The future is now at Benjamin River boatbuilder

    BROOKLIN — There’s a shakeup in the normally low-key world of high-end boatbuilders along the shores of Eggemoggin Reach. Last week, D.N. Hylan & Associates Inc. announced that it was changing its name to Hylan & Brown Boatbuilders. The fresh off the presses name reflects a longtime reality — the partnership between two kindred spirits,

  • Operation Broken Glass cuts two more sentences

    Operation Broken Glass cuts two more sentences

    ELLSWORTH — Federal prosecutors announced that two men were sentenced Dec. 14 for their roles in illegally trafficking in juvenile “glass eels,” also known as elvers, in violation of the Lacey Act, following a hearing in the U.S. District Court in Portland. Yarann Im of Portland, 35, was sentenced to six months imprisonment and three

  • Federal funds available for aquaculture projects

    ELLSWORTH — Billed as an effort “to foster responsible aquaculture and seafood security” in U.S. markets, NOAA Fisheries is making $1.5 million available through the nation’s regional Interstate Marine Fisheries Commissions to fund a competitive grant program to fund aquaculture pilot projects. As part of that program, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is requesting

  • Big changes in store for crucial herring fishery

    Big changes in store for crucial herring fishery

    ELLSWORTH — For such a small fish, herring play a critical role in the ecosystem of the Gulf of Maine. Only a few inches long, the plankton-eating fish are an important prey species, providing food for top marine predators, and are an important source of bait for Maine’s $547-million lobster industry. In the Gulf of

  • MMA looks for new sailing coach

    MMA looks for new sailing coach

    CASTINE — Maine Maritime Academy is looking for a new sailing coach. Judging by the job description posted on the academy’s website, the successful candidate may have to be Wonder Woman or Superman. The new coach will replace Caroline Councell, who took over the Mariners sailing team in November 2015. Before taking the helm full

  • Prices look low as scallop season opens

    Prices look low as scallop season opens

    ELLSWORTH — December arrived on Friday and with it came the start of the Maine scallop fishing season. While it’s still the earliest of days, it looks like prices may be considerably lower than they were last year. The season for divers got under way statewide Dec. 1. For draggers, the season opened Monday everywhere