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Fisheries & Marine

State shuts down elver season two weeks early due to illegal sales

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Illegal sales of elvers led to an early shut-down of the fishery, effective today, and could jeopardize the future of the lucrative fishery, the Maine Department of Marine Resources stated in a news...

As Gulf of Maine warms, will black sea bass make up for declines in lobster?

The Gulf of Maine's warming waters could mean that new fisheries, such as Jonah crab and black sea bass, are coming to Maine.

Nordic Aquafarms on track to start construction of land-based salmon farm in Belfast next year

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Nordic Aquafarms has completed nearly all of its due diligence on the 40-acre site in Belfast where it plans to build a state-of-the-art land-based salmon farm and is on track to begin construction...

Seven Maine food companies selected for 'Cultivator' accelerator program

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The Maine Center for Entrepreneurs and its sponsor FocusMaine selected seven Maine companies to participate in the 2018-19 Cultivator Food, Beverage and Agriculture Accelerator program.

Price hits $2,593 a pound for Maine’s highly prized baby eels

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Maine’s small-but-lucrative elver fishery is on pace to set a new record.

Collins, King push for more research into warming of Gulf of Maine

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Citing measurements indicating record-breaking temperatures for water entering the Gulf of Maine, U.S. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Angus King, I-Maine, have sent a letter to the National...

Promising scallop aquaculture initiative gets $600K boost

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The Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research awarded a $300,000 grant to CEI to investigate the economic viability of a Japanese scallop production technique that has been shown to grow scallops...

Mechanical rockweed harvesting sparks concerns on Deer Isle

Residents of Stonington and Deer Isle expressed concern about noise from the machinery used to harvest rockweed in their area, as well as the potential for bycatch and the impact of harvesting on...

Zoning change advances Nordic Aquafarms' $150M project in Belfast

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Belfast City Council unanimously approved a zoning ordinance change on Tuesday night that allows Nordic Aquafarms to move forward on its $150 million Phase 1 project to build one of the world's...

Maine lands $700K federal grant to protect endangered whales

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The Maine Department of Marine Resources has been awarded a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to improve data used to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales.