• Schooners call it a season at annual Sail-in

    Schooners call it a season at annual Sail-in

    BROOKLIN — With September well under way, captains in Maine’s schooner fleet must start thinking about the long winter ahead with no passengers to entertain and some time to enjoy the woodstove. Before they can turn their attention to the endless list of chores that comes with maintaining big, old wooden sailboats, the skippers have

  • Cocktail of shrimp meetings on the schedule

    PORTLAND — The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Northern Shrimp Section will meet in Portland on Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., to review the findings of the 2018 Benchmark Stock Assessment and Peer Review Report and consider its approval for management use. The section also will review Draft Addendum

  • MMA hires sailing coach

    MMA hires sailing coach

    CASTINE — After a long search, Maritime Academy Marine has hired a sailing coach. MMA Operations Manager Dana Willis recently announced that Taylor Martin has been named as the school’s new sailing coach and sail program coordinator. He succeeds Caroline Councell, who coached the team for two years, from November 2015 to November 2017. Martin

  • MMA sweeps inaugural inter-academy Monomoy Challenge

    CASTINE — Maine Maritime Academy recently sent two Monomoy rescue rowboat teams to SUNY Maritime Academy in Throggs Neck, N.Y., to compete in the inaugural George C. Previll Memorial Inter-Academy Monomoy Challenge. Winning both parts of the challenge, MMA collected $4,000 in scholarship money: a $2,500 first place prize for the Monomoy race and a

  • Downeast biotoxin closure extended

    LAMOINE — Last week, the Department of Marine Resources closed a stretch of the Downeast coast to the harvesting of clams, mussels, oysters and carnivorous snails. The closure was a precaution because of concerns about the presence of high levels of the marine organisms that produce domoic acid, the biotoxin that can cause ASP, amnesic

  • It’s too darn hot in the North Atlantic

    It’s too darn hot in the North Atlantic

    ELLSWORTH — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a report last week confirming that unusually high ocean surface temperatures aren’t confined to the Gulf of Maine. According to NOAA, for several weeks, sea surface temperatures in the western North Atlantic Ocean have been running significantly above normal. Data from the agency’s polar-orbiting satellites show

  • Islesford fisherman bags two giant bluefin tuna

    Islesford fisherman bags two giant bluefin tuna

    ISLESFORD — Bluefin tuna are one of the premier gamefish found in the Gulf of Maine and, throughout the summer and fall, a fleet of charter boats carries sportfishermen to the deep waters far offshore to hunt the giant fish. Bluefin tuna aren’t an easy prey. Experienced anglers can spend night after night on the

  • MMA Ship Jump a longstanding tradition

    MMA Ship Jump a longstanding tradition

    CASTINE — The annual Ship Jump from the Maine Maritime Academy training ship State of Maine got under way at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26, with MMA President William Brennan taking the first plunge from the deck into the waters of Castine Harbor. The annual Ship Jump is a longstanding tradition for first-year students.