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Fishermen pan state's proposal for new scallop lotteries

The Maine Department of Marine Resources has introduced a proposal for annual lotteries for new scallop-harvesting licenses.

UNE lands $1.3M grant to develop new technologies for seaweed production


The United States Department of Energy awarded the University of New England a three-year, nationally competitive research grant for $1.32 million to develop technologies that will enable the United...

Elver dealer pleads guilty to federal violations

Woolwich elver dealer William Sheldon, owner of Kennebec Glass Eels, faces a $250,000 fine and possible jail time after pleading guilty to one count of violating the federal Lacey Act.

Maine boatyards could see surge in hurricane-related repairs

Boats damaged by hurricanes in Florida and the Caribbean are expected to arrive in New England in the coming months for repairs, with some Maine boatyards anticipating a potential windfall in...

Shellfish closure expands Downeast

Maine Department of Marine Resources has expanded a ban on harvesting shellfish from Midcoast areas to the Downeast coast.

Fishermen balk at Portland's accelerating waterfront development

More than 90 lobstermen, fishermen and waterfront business owners signed a petition that said planned developments along Portland's waterfront will jeopardize traditional uses.

Toxic algae closes shellfish harvesting in Downeast flats

Maine's Department of Marine Resources has closed parts of the Downeast coast to shellfishing due to blooms of a phytoplankton that can carry domoic acid, which is toxic to humans.

Maine Food Insider: Edible seaweed, the next great Maine brand?


The Island Institute in Rockland is releasing a study Friday that foresees a future where edible seaweed is not only a Maine brand but also a sustainable addition to the economy island and coastal...

Climate study underscores challenge of managing Gulf of Maine fisheries

Laurie Schreiber |

Incorporating climate change and its effects on marine life will be an important part of sustaining key fisheries in the Gulf of Maine that already are proving difficult to manage.

USDA's $300K in grants to foster job creation in rural Maine


Six Maine economic development organizations and towns will get a total of $296,000 through U.S. Department of Agriculture grants designed to boost job creation in rural areas.