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Fisheries & Marine

Gulf of Maine mussel population drastically dropping

The number of blue mussels along the coastline of the Gulf of Maine is rapidly dropping as the population of the mollusk has dropped by more than 60% over the last four decades.

Portland company faces $1.25M ruling over sea urchin imports

The Portland-based ISF Trading Co. has pleaded guilty to illegally importing live Canadian sea urchins valued at $172,800.

Largest cruise ship of the season docks in Portland

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A floating theme park with 30 bumper cars, a 30-foot rock-climbing wall and a 220-foot outdoor movie screen called Portland home on Sunday when Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas docked at the...

Waterman’s Beach Lobster to close after 30 years

A James Beard Award-winning lobster shack in South Thomaston will close after three decades, it announced on its website.

UMaine scientists use tech to see-the-unseen in potential aquaculture sites

Lori Valigra |

Realtors will tell you buying property is all about “location, location, location.” The same is true for finding the best site for aquaculture, though varying conditions largely invisible...

Don’t argue semantics: Prepare for changes in fishing, housing

Lori Valigra |

At a recent Pierce Atwood event on the impact of climate change, an attendee posed a common question: whether the term climate change has hurt scientists and others trying to convince the public that...

16-year Penobscot River Restoration Project reaches the finish line

James McCarthy |

For the first time since the 1800s, nearly 1,000 miles of habitat along the Penobscot River are accessible to Atlantic salmon and 10 other fish species that spend part of their lives at sea but...

Lobstermen breathe sigh of relief as pogy fishery reopens

Maine’s menhaden fishery has been reopened by Maine’s Department of Marine Resources after the department closed the fishery following reports that the annual landings quota for Maine,...

Sweden doubles down on proposed lobster ban

Maine's congressional delegation says that it will make an appeal to the World Trade Organization if the European Union sides with Sweden's proposed ban on the import of live lobsters into the EU.

Draft plan unveiled to curb Southern New England lobster declines

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With Southern New England lobsters in decline, marine fisheries experts have devised a draft plan to deal with the delicacy's struggles.