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Fisheries & Marine

Lobster forecast shelved after industry complaints

Several years after launching a lobster season forecast intended to help fishermen, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute will scrap the forecast.

Gulf of Maine shrimp fishery still slumping

The once-lucrative winter shrimp fishery in the Gulf of Maine this past season was in its fourth consecutive year of a moratorium, but even with that conservation measure the fishery's turnaround...

Portland developer submits winning bid for working waterfront wharf

A Portland real estate developer submitted the winning $510,000 bid in a bankruptcy auction April 25 to purchase a fishing wharf in Garrison's Cove on Bailey Island in Harpswell. The sale is subject...

Lawmakers weigh bill allowing secret GPS tracking to curb lobstering violations

Maine lobstermen suspected of illegal fishing could be subjected to GPS tracking from devices secretly installed on their vessels by Marine Patrol officers if a proposed bill now being reviewed by...

Ship strikes on whales more common than expected

A new study has found that nearly 15% of humpback whales that arrive every spring in the southern Gulf of Maine have been hit by at least one ship.

Downeast fishermen use old trick to battle higher bait prices

Two Washington County fishermen plan to invest in an ancient technology to combat a new problem — namely, the high cost of lobster bait.

Protecting Maine’s coast: It takes a village

Lori Valigra |

Small family businesses in Maine, especially in fisheries, remain under pressure by larger competitors, older generations wanting to get out of the business and more recently, by changing...

Diversification of Millers' Wharf breathes new life into Tenants Harbor

Lori Valigra |

Big changes over the past year at the family-owned Millers' Wharf, including diversification with a new co-op and a Luke's restaurant, have the wharf in Tenants Harbor going full speed ahead.

Bailey Island fishing wharf to be auctioned

An important fishing wharf in Garrison’s Cove on Bailey Island in Harpswell is due to be auctioned on April 25 as part of a bankruptcy proceeding, with the property being listed as available...

Coral closures off MDI seen as threat to Downeast lobstery fishery

Lobster fishery advocates fear that a proposed closure of fishing areas around Mount Desert Rock and the Outer Schoodic Ridges in the Gulf of Maine could negatively impact fishermen.