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Scallop season nets biggest haul in more than a decade

The scallop fishery brought in nearly $5.2 million in 2013, according to preliminary state data, the highest amount since 1998.

Judge zaps groundfish carryover quotas

U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg has struck down rules letting New England fishermen carry over unused quotas into the next year while upholding a regional regulator's...

Lobster catch forecasting project seeks NASA funds

A project aiming to predict how lobsters and other key species are moving through the Gulf of Maine will represent the state in a competition for NASA funding.

Tribe agrees to elver terms; fishing season starts

The Passamaquoddy Tribe announced Friday that it would institute individual elver catch quotas for tribal fishermen, ending a conflict with state regulators before the season that...

Under-reported catch lands elver fisherman 90 days

An Ellsworth fisherman has been sentenced to 90 days in prison after state officials found he reported less than half of his $700,000 elver catch and $70,000 lobster catch as income...

DMR closes smelt fishery for 90 days

The state’s Department of Marine Resources has declared a 90-day closure of the smelt fishery from Stonington to the New Hampshire border as populations of the small...

Kennebunk River dredging gets under way

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to complete a dredging project in the Kennebunk River by March 15, creating an 8-foot deep entrance channel to the waterway.

Quick thaw could boost flood risk

The Maine River Flow Advisory Commission said this year’s flood season will be delayed and could be more dangerous than usual as additional precipitation through March is...

Dredging approved for Yarmouth's Royal River

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approved funding to dredge the Royal River in Yarmouth, clearing a channel for commercial and recreational vessels.

Maine's 2013 lobster catch hits record value

Maine’s lobster catch brought in a record $364.5 million in 2013, with a catch of more than 100 million pounds for the third year in a row.

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