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New England fisheries feel the effect of warming waters

After years of contending with overfishing, pollution and increased foreign competition, fishermen along the Northeast Coast are faced with yet another challenge to their way of life — climate...

Federal lawsuit over at-sea monitoring still a go

Fishermen opposing the cost-shift of at-sea monitoring say they are moving forward with a federal lawsuit despite the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration concession that it will help pay...

‘Gold rush mentality’ raises concerns about seaweed sustainability

The organizers of The Maine Seaweed Festival have canceled the South Portland festival of all things kelp amid concerns about the lack of sustainability in the country’s largest...

NOAA to aid in cost for at-sea fishing monitoring

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said it will help pay for the cost of at-sea fishing monitoring for New England groundfish fishermen.

Mercury contamination closes fishing in part of Penobscot Bay

An additional 5.5-square-mile section of Penobscot Bay has been closed to lobster and crab fishing after the Maine Department of Marine Resources found mercury contamination in lobsters caught in the...

Warming waters could bring early lobster price drop

The high prices of lobsters may soon be coming to an end as warming waters could bring an early start to the lobster season, along with lower prices across the country.

LePage adds voice to opposition of EU lobster ban

Maine Gov. Paul LePage voiced his opposition to Sweden’s proposed ban on the import of lobsters from the United States to the European Commission’s director general of the environment.

State’s elver fishery biggest in three years

Maine’s elver, or baby eel fishery, ended 2016 with its most successful catch in three years. During the season, which started in March and ended on Wednesday, fishermen caught a little less...

Fishing regulators consider reopening Maine shrimp fishery

Interstate fishing regulators are discussing possibly reopening Maine's shrimp fishery, which has been closed since 2013 because of warming oceans.

Bristol Seafood donates $10K to UNE marine sciences program

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Southern Maine seafood processor and distributor Bristol Seafood and its partners donated $10,000 to the University of New England's Center for Excellence in the Marine Sciences.