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Fisheries & Marine

Ropeless lobster fishing? Stakeholders get a progress report

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The Ropeless Consortium, a group of scientists and other interested stakeholders hosted by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, met Nov. 6 to consider the prospects of ropeless fishing to reduce...

Lobster industry chief expects bait crunch

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An expected cutback of the Atlantic herring catch quota is causing concern among lobster fishing interests, which largely rely on herring as bait.

Opponents of Belfast salmon farm defeated in city election

William Hall |

Plans for a $150 million land-based salmon aquaculture facility in Belfast appear to remain on track after opponents of the project were defeated Tuesday in elections for three seats on the...

German shipping company fined for polluting Portland Harbor

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A German shipping company, MST Mineralien Schiffahrt Spedition und Transport GmbH, has been ordered to pay a $3.2 million fine after pleading guilty Friday to federal charges that it deliberately...

Harbor dredging in Kennebunkport to begin next year

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will work next year with a private contractor to dredge sand and silt from Cape Porpoise Harbor, improving marine navigation off the eastern shore of Kennebunkport.

The lobster emoji has landed, heralded as 'positive outcome for Maine'

Renee Cordes |

Mainers, your lobster emoji has landed. It's now available on mobile devices updated with the latest operating system — in geek lingo, that's Apple i0S 12 and Google Android 9.0.

Nordic Aquafarms’ $150M project faces key test in Belfast’s Tuesday elections

Tuesday’s local election in Belfast could play a decisive role in whether Norway-based Nordic Aquafarms proceeds with its $150 million Phase 1 investment in a state-of-the-art land-based...

Whole Oceans' founder steps down, new president named

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Whole Oceans founder Rob Piasio has stepped down from his role as CEO, and the company has named its chief operating officer, Jason Mitchell, as president.

UNE joins two Icelandic colleges in offering new ‘ocean food systems’ degree

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The University of New England has signed an agreement with two Icelandic schools about collaborating on a new degree program in ocean food systems.

Here's how $1.4M in NOAA grants will be used to help Maine's fishing industry

Laurie Schreiber |

Sea lice infestation costs the salmon aquaculture industry an estimated at $15 million annually in the United States and $740 million globally — and remains the greatest barrier to continuing...