• Lawmakers tour Bigelow Laboratory

    Lawmakers tour Bigelow Laboratory

    BOOTHBAY HARBOR — A delegation of members from the Legislature’s Marine Resources Committee left the confines of the state Capitol last week and took a bus ride to the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. Situated in East Boothbay, the laboratory is one of Maine’s most important research facilities. Over the course of more than two

  • DMR schedules whale updates

    DMR schedules whale updates

    ELLSWORTH — The Department of Marine Resources schedules dozens, if not hundreds, of aquaculture scoping sessions, public hearings and informational meetings covering a variety of issues around the state each year but few of them are important as three community meetings DMR has scheduled for next month. Maine’s $485-million lobster industry is facing serious restrictions

  • Maine Boatbuilders Show draws crowd

    Maine Boatbuilders Show draws crowd gallery

    PORTLAND — A variety of exhibitors brought their wares to Portland for the 32nd annual Maine Boatbuilders Show last weekend. Dozens of sail and powerboats — traditional and modern — were on display as well as all sorts of maritime wares. Among Hancock County boatbuilders, Morris Yachts brought one of its Sparkman & Stephens-designed M29

  • Who’s the best? Gulf of Maine Council wants to know

    ELLSWORTH — The Gulf of Maine Council is looking for nominees for the 2019 edition of its annual awards program that honors the accomplishments of volunteers, professionals, businesses and organizations for their outstanding efforts to promote a healthy and sustainable Gulf of Maine ecosystem. The council wants nominees from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Maine, New

  • Nordic Aquafarms sets public information meeting

    BELFAST — As it moves forward with its plan to build a land-based salmon farm on land it is buying from the Belfast Water District, Nordic Aquafarms Inc. has scheduled a public Information meeting for 6 p.m. next Tuesday, March 26, at the Hutchinson Center. The meeting will give the company an opportunity to present

  • Elver fishing season opens on Friday

    Elver fishing season opens on Friday

    ELLSWORTH — While cold water temperatures may be discouraging elvers from making their way from the relatively warm ocean up Maine’s chilly inlets and still-icy streams, Friday marks the beginning of the state’s 10-week elver fishing season. The incentive for harvesters to get their gear in the water at a prime spot is high. Last

  • 32nd annual Maine Boatbuilders Show opens Friday

    32nd annual Maine Boatbuilders Show opens Friday

    PORTLAND — St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone, and Easter is still month away, but it must be spring because the Maine Boatbuilders Show is here. Opening Friday morning at the Portland Sports Complex on Warren Avenue, the event brings together boatbuilders, artisans, suppliers of marine goods and services and a host of organizations

  • Scallop farming has bright future in Maine

    Scallop farming has bright future in Maine

    ROCKPORT — It was 20 years ago that the Maine International Trade Center helped send a delegation from Maine to Aomori Prefecture in the north of Japan to get a peek at the secrets of that country’s highly successful scallop farming industry. Among the delegates were a couple of state employees, a couple of fishermen

  • Sullivan Harbor Farm back in business

    Sullivan Harbor Farm back in business

    HANCOCK — Sullivan Harbor Farm Smokehouse, a smoked salmon retailer that was shut down several years ago after losing its license from the Food and Drug Administration, is set to reopen at the end of March. The reopening had been delayed by the federal government shutdown in December, but on Tuesday, owner Leslie Harlow celebrated

  • Island oyster farm plan draws support

    Island oyster farm plan draws support

    CRANBERRY ISLES — About 20 people turned out late last month for a public “scoping session” on oyster grower Lauren Gray’s plan to consolidate and expand her aquaculture lease areas and to extend the term of the lease. She and her husband, Josh, who live on Islesford, currently hold limited purpose aquaculture licenses from the