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Herring fishing closed to protect spawning

The Department of Marine Resource has closed several fishing areas along the Maine coast to protect the spawning stock of herring. The closure went into effect on Sept. 24 and extends...

Groundfishing aground? The rise and fall of Maine's offshore fishing industry

James McCarthy |

Inside the Portland Fish Exchange's cavernous warehouse on a hot summer's morning it's unseasonably cold, 38 degrees Fahrenheit according to a wall thermometer. An hour before the start...

Machiasport business reopens, rehires 40 workers

Cooke Aqauculture, a local producer of farm-raised Atlantic salmon among other kinds of fish, has reopened its facility in Machiasport.The...

Bean’s lobster plant still not cleared of violations

The Food and Drug Administration and Linda Bean’s lobster processor in Rockland appear to be divided over whether the plant has been cleared of "significant...

Rockport boatbuilder faces ‘crippling’ DEP fine

Artisan Boatworks, a Rockport-based boatbuilder, is facing what it called a "crippling" fine from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection that will set it back...

Cat food market exists for Maine's invasive green crab

The invasive green crab that has been plaguing Maine’s $16 million commercial softshell clam industry could have market potential for the cat food industry.

UNE researcher gets $1.7M grant to aid fishing industry

A federal agency has awarded a University of New England researcher and his colleagues $1.7 million for a research project they hope will help increase revenues for the fishing...

Linda Bean lobster plant loses big buyer

Dylan Martin |

Linda Bean's lobster-processing business has lost a major New York-based buyer that sells food at sports stadiums in Boston and Minnesota.

Lobster co-op sues feds to recover seized funds

A lobstermen cooperative in South Thomaston is suing the U.S. government in an attempt to recover $70,000 that was seized from a former manager accused of embezzlement.

Proposed shrimp fishery restrictions unpopular with fishermen

Maine’s shrimp fishery may face sharp restrictions if it reopens for the 2015 season — restrictions that concern fishermen who rely on shrimp harvesting for their...