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  • Published
    February 27, 2012

    Forum to explore impacts of offshore wind energy

    “Is Offshore Wind Coming to Maine?” That is the title of a an afternoon-long session at the upcoming Maine Fishermen’s Forum. The three-day forum, from March 1-3, will be held at the Samoset Resort in Rockport. The offshore wind session is scheduled for Saturday, March 3 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Brian Hooker, a marine biologist with the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s Office of Renewable Energy Programs, …

  • Published
    January 30, 2012

    Keliher takes helm at Marine Resources agency

    Patrick Keliher was sworn in as commissioner of the state Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 26, after serving for six months as the DMR’s acting commissioner. Keliher’s appointment follows an endorsement last month by the Maine Lobstermen’s Association. In a letter written on behalf of the MLA’s board of directors to the Legislature’s Marine Resources Committee, MLA Executive Director Patrice McCarron said …

  • Published
    January 25, 2012

    Fishery managers struggle to extend shrimp season

    The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Northern Shrimp Section has revised the total allowable catch for the 2012 northern shrimp fishery to 2,211 metric tons, an increase of 211 metric tons from the originally established total allowable catch, according to an Fisheries Commission press release. The section modified the total allowable catch to address harvester and processor concerns regarding their …

  • Published
    January 19, 2012

    Angry urchin fishermen demand more fishing days

    At a meeting of the Sea Urchin Zone Council earlier this month, some Zone 1 harvesters said they should be able to fish more than the 10 days they have been assigned each year since 2004. The harvesters said that scientists and managers with the state Department of Marine Resources have compiled the data they need to see that the resource can sustain more fishing. Expressing anger, they said the DMR has neverthele…

  • Published
    November 14, 2011

    New monitoring system to provide early warning for red tide

    The development of inexpensive, handheld devices is expected to provide marine scientists with a way to identify emerging “red tide” hot spots and allow for targeted closures of shellfish harvests focusing only on impacted beds. Earlier this month, scientists at the University of Maine were awarded $201,187 for the first year of an anticipated three-year $574,028 project to investigate methods that would …

  • Published
    November 10, 2011

    Shrimp landings total slashed

    The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Northern Shrimp Section has approved a total allowable catch of 2,000 metric tons, down from a cap of 4,000 metric tons for the 2010-2011 fishing year. The season will close when landings are projected to reach 95 percent of the total allowable catch, or 1,900 metric tons. The decision came earlier this month, after the ASMFC hosted a series of hearings in …

  • Published
    October 26, 2011

    Commission: Significant reduction in shrimp landings likely

    Fishery managers will be considering a “significantly reduced harvest limit” for the shrimp fishery’s upcoming 2011/2012 season. At its Oct. 18 meeting, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Northern Shrimp Section approved Amendment 2 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Northern Shrimp and recommended its full adoption by the ASMFC. According to a press release issued after that …

  • Published
    October 14, 2011

    Unplug it and take a spin

    “Want to go for a spin?” Chevrolet Volt “PR guy” Rob Peterson asked me recently in the parking lot of the Somesville One-Stop. “I should tell you that I’m not really a car person,” I said, as I warily eyeballed “the world’s first” “not a hybrid” “electric vehicle with extended range,” as information from the Chevrolet website said in various sections. Although truly not really a car person, I allowed myself …

  • Published
    October 5, 2011

    World traveler returns home to Hinckley for a visit

    The largest sailboat ever built by the Hinckley Co. is home for a month-long visit after roaming the world since its launch in 1993. The 76-foot Freesia is a classically styled luxury yacht that was one of the first Hinckley models to use composite construction materials. The boat’s elegant woodwork includes interior high-gloss raised paneling in Honduras mahogany, a solid teak sole and teak decking. The …

  • Published
    September 21, 2011

    No decision yet on new Marine Resources chief

    Department of Marine Resources Acting Commissioner Patrick Keliher this week confirmed he is in the running for a permanent appointment as the agency’s chief. Keliher also said that he will stay on as acting commissioner until the end of the year. About the appointment, Keliher said Gov. Paul LePage’s office, which is handling the search for a new DMR chief, will have a decision, “In late December or January,” …

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