• Dog days of August spawn slate of DMR regulations

    AUGUSTA — In the middle of August, with Maine’s lobstermen busy landing shedders and Maine’s lobster exporters worried about a trade war with China, the Department of Marine Resources last week published a fistful of new regulations. They cover topics ranging from the minimum size at which wild oysters may be harvested to tightening restrictions

  • Riverdale Mills founder dies

    Riverdale Mills founder dies

    ELLSWORTH — James Knott, the founder of Riverdale Mills Corp., died at his home in Witinsville, Mass., on Thursday, Aug. 16, according to several published reports. Knott is credited as the inventor of the plastic-coated-wire lobster trap that revolutionized Maine’s lobster fishery. He was 88. According to Riverdale, in 1980 Knott introduced the plastic-coated mesh

  • Falcon flies to victory in Retired Skippers Race

    Falcon flies to victory in Retired Skippers Race

    CASTINE — Early Saturday morning, it looked like the Maine Retired Skippers Race was going to be a washout. Thick fog made Penobscot Bay invisible from the Maine Maritime Academy waterfront to the crews of the dozen boats registered for the event who were gathered for the pre-race skippers’ meeting. The forecast also called for

  • Odds may be bad for winter shrimp fishery

    Odds may be bad for winter shrimp fishery

    PORTLAND — Scientists gathered at a downtown hotel last week for a three-day “peer review” of the latest Northern Shrimp Benchmark Stock Assessment from by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. The assessment evaluates the condition of the Gulf of Maine northern shrimp resource and provides regulators with the information they need to manage the

  • Downeast Institute celebrates expansion

    Downeast Institute celebrates expansion

    BEALS — The sparse population of Great Wass Island increased by a substantial factor earlier this month as visitors flocked to celebrate the grand opening of the newly expanded $6.6 million facility of the Downeast Institute (DEI) on Saturday, Aug. 11 The expansion incorporates a state-of-the-art shellfish hatchery and created the easternmost marine research laboratory

  • Ralph Stanley to speak at Penobscot Marine Museum

    SEARSPORT — On Saturday, Aug. 25, Southwest Harbor boatbuilder Ralph Stanley will present a talk titled “Sources of Inspiration” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport. Stanley will show some of the half models he has carved and explain how he used them to build full size boats. The

  • “Sonic Sea” showing at The Grand

    “Sonic Sea” showing at The Grand

    ELLSWORTH — Jacques Cousteau may have written about “The Silent World” of the oceans, but in truth it is anything but that. Manmade oceanic noise pollution poses an increasing risk to marine life, and is the subject of the documentary “Sonic Sea,” which is being screened by the Schoodic Institute on Aug. 20 at The

  • Winter Harbor-Bar Harbor ferry service expanding

    WINTER HARBOR — Ferry service between Bar Harbor and Winter Harbor is expanding this summer, with the purchase of a second ferry ship by Downeast Windjammer. The Atlantic arrived in Winter Harbor last week from New York state. The ship was formerly a dinner cruise ship on Lake Oneida in Brewerton, N.Y. Over a 12-day

  • Regulators deny increase in elver quota

    Regulators deny increase in elver quota

    ELLSWORTH — Fisheries regulators voted last week to freeze Maine’s annual landings quota for elvers at its current level, but approved an additional 200-pound quota just for aquaculture. Maine asked to increase its quota by 20 percent, from the current level of 9,688 pounds to 11,749. Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher cited the