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  • Published
    April 15, 2021

    Atlantic Herring Area 1A days out webinar set for April 22

    Atlantic Herring Management Board members from the states of Maine, New Hampshire and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will meet via webinar April 22 from 10 a.m. to noon, to discuss days out measures for the 2021 Area 1A (inshore Gulf of Maine) fishing season. Days out measures can include specification of the number of consecutive landings days, weekly landings limits, and restrictions on at-sea transfers. Part...

  • Published
    April 15, 2021

    Local author looks at women in the Maine fishing industry

    Camden author Ali Farrell has released her second book, “Pretty Rugged,” which sheds light on the many women working in Maine's commercial fishing industry. The 2-year process includes many stories of the lives of Maine fishermen: authentic stories of dangerous situations faced out on the water; the realities of the fishing lifestyle; and family history on generations of local Maine fishermen; the tight-knit ...

  • Published
    April 15, 2021

    Maine Maritime Academy readies for near-normal fall

    Maine Maritime Academy is preparing for “near-normal” campus operations this fall. “We are incredibly proud to have been able to maintain in-person instruction throughout the last two semesters and look forward to a continued return to normalcy this fall,” said William J. Brennan, president. “Hands-on learning is essential to our educational mission and critical to the success of all students.” Due to a commitment...

  • Published
    April 10, 2021

    Ecologist to discuss Maine’s seagrass meadows

    Marine ecologist Katie DuBois will lead a presentation, “Saving Maine's Seagrass Meadows,” in an online webinar offered by Merryspring Nature Center Tuesday, April 20 at noon. Historically, over 35,000 acres of seagrass meadows lined the Maine coastline. These marine meadows not only boost the health of coastal ecosystems but also have enormous positive impacts on Maine fisheries. But Maine seagrass meadows have ...

  • Published
    April 9, 2021

    The Captain Spear launched at ceremony

    The newest member of the Maine State Ferry Service fleet was launched April 9, named after a well-known Rockland man. The Capt. Richard G.Spear glided into the water April 9 at the Washburn & Doughty shipyard in East Boothbay. Gov. Janet Mills, Maine Department of Transportation Commissioner Bruce Van Note, Maine Maritime Academy President Dr. William Brennan, Washburn & Doughty President Katie Doughty Maddox, ...

  • Published
    April 6, 2021

    Library presents Maynard Bray's photography

    The Camden Public Library will partner with the Penobscot Marine Museum Thursday, April 22, at 6 p.m. for a special presentation during Maritime Month. Penobscot Marine Museum Digital Collections Curator Matt Wheeler will lead an online narrated slideshow featuring selections of outstanding maritime photography from the museum's Maynard Bray Collection. Wheeler will discuss Bray's background and examine the range ...

  • Published
    April 5, 2021

    Megunticook Lake Warden names Ice-Out! winners

    The Megunticook Watershed Ice-Out was called Saturday, March 27, at 9 a.m. A thunderstorm Friday night with gusty winds churned up the water and rid the northern part of Megunticook Lake of ice so Lake Warden Dale Dougherty could navigate the patrol boat from the dams to the Ken Bailey Bridge (the definition of Ice-Out on Megunticook). The winner is Doug Stewart with a guess of March 27 at 9:37 a.m. Second place ...

  • Published
    April 2, 2021

    Mid-Coast Audubon offers talk on horseshoe crabs

    Mid-Coast Audubon and Camden Public Library will offer a free online Zoom presentation on the ecology of horseshoe crabs in the Great Salt Bay Thursday, April 15 at 6 p.m. To register for the event, email Julia Pierce ( to request the Zoom login information. The Great Salt Bay in Damariscotta hosts one of the best breeding locations for horseshoe crabs (Limulus polyphemus) in the state ...

  • Published
    March 30, 2021

    Best harbor in the U.S. voting begins

    US Harbors, of Rockland, a free online resource for boaters and coastal communities, has announced that voting begins Wednesday, March 31 for the annual “Best Harbor in the US” contest at Participation is free and open to everyone. Voting for this year's Best Harbor contest is open from March 31 through May 31. Participation is limited to one vote per user. People can vote on any of ...

  • Published
    March 25, 2021

    Swift's fleet graces Camden Harbor

    The windjammer fleet of Captain Frank Swift is moored in Camden Harbor, circa 1941. The schooners are the Lydia Webster, the Clinton, and the Lois M. Candage.

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