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    January 3, 2020

    Maine finalizes right whale protection plan for lobster industry

    Maine has finalized a proposal to protect endangered right whales from entanglement in lobster fishing gear that would reduce the number of buoy lines in deeper waters, but also give it the freedom to adopt alternative protections to keep those fishermen and regional fishing practices safe. The heart of the state plan is similar to one planned by the lobster industry last fall – cutting the number of buoy lines …

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    September 21, 2019

    Two Mainers, N.H. man cited in landing of too many herring

    The owner and operator of a Rockland herring boat, one of his crew and a local wholesale seafood dealer are facing charges of exceeding their quota for the popular lobster bait at a time when fishing regulators are trying to rebuild the stock. Glenn Robbins, a 72-year-old third-generation fisherman from Eliot, is charged with exceeding the weekly limit of 160,000 pounds of herring and trying to hide it from the …

  • Published
    June 3, 2019

    New rules are meant to save whales; lobstermen wonder if they’ll survive

    The Maine lobster industry will have to drastically change how it operates to comply with a federal mandate to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale, and some worry that the new fishing methods will make their jobs less profitable and more dangerous. The state Department of Marine Resources has until September to come up with a way that it can cut the number of buoy lines in the Gulf of Maine by 50 …

  • Published
    February 22, 2019

    State official apologizes as chaos reigns over sales of CBD products

    Last month, a state inspector gave Gary Runnells the bad news: She would certify his newly renovated commercial kitchen, but federal laws would not allow him to use it to make foods infused with hemp oil or sell them in his Newport health food store. Maine wanted food made with hemp-derived cannabidiol, or CBD, off the shelves, she said. But now a state Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry …

  • Published
    February 19, 2019

    State orders stores to remove edibles with CBD from their shelves

    State health authorities have ordered that edible products containing cannabidiol, or CBD, must be removed from stores because the hemp-derived product is not a federally approved food additive. Environmental health inspectors began informing businesses last week that they must remove all foods, tinctures and capsules from their shelves that contain the non-psychoactive chemical compound found in the cannabis …

  • Published
    April 10, 2018

    Right whale extinction threat is being overstated, lobstermen fear

    The math of protecting right whales from extinction is scary stuff: The stakes are high, scientific opinion varies and some rescue plans could make it impossible for lobstermen to earn a living. Getting that math right matters when the futures of right whales and Maine’s lobster industry are so closely intertwined. Right whale numbers have dwindled to about 450 because of deadly ship strikes, fishing gear …

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