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State rejects Kittery's request to delay decision on oyster farm expansion

Staff |

The Maine Department of Marine Resources denied a request by the town of Kittery to delay its decision on a proposed expansion of an oyster farming operation by Spinney Creek Shellfish of Eliot.

Lobster wholesaler’s $1.5M embezzlement lawsuit adds new defendants

A lawsuit by Saco-based lobster wholesaler Sea Salt, alleging that one of the business partners embezzled more than $1.5 million by shipping lobsters to a sham account and then reselling them, has...

Saint Joseph's contributes to research on improving survivability of shipped lobsters

Laurie Schreiber |

An academic and industry collaboration is looking into ways to create an environment where a “soft shell lobster” can be turned into a more resilient and valuable “hard shell...

Midcoast Maine emerges as hub for launching land-based salmon-farm sector

Laurie Schreiber |

Two of the world's largest land-based Atlantic salmon farms are slated for construction in Maine's midcoast region: Both are moving through the permitting process for phased buildout, and at full...

Development projects taking shape in Rockland, Boothbay, Walpole

Renee Cordes |

Maine's Midcoast is much more than a summer tourist destination as evidenced by continued businesses openings in downtown Rockland, the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens' $50-million drive...

Builders of big boats hampered by lack of big engines

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Builders of big lobster boats ranging up to 60 feet long are having trouble finding the engines the boats need.

Tale of two coasts: Report details economic disparities in coastal communities

Laurie Schreiber |

A new report from the Island Institute reveals that 10 Maine coastal communities with lowest incomes are in downeast Washington County while the 10 communities with highest incomes are in Cumberland,...

Lobstermen fear 2019 bait crisis due to herring quota cuts

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Herring and lobster fishermen alike expressed concern that quota cuts and vessel restrictions in the herring fishery approved this week by the New England Fishery Management Council will hurt...

Report calls for 'bold investment' in ocean research

Laurie Schreiber |

“Bold investment” in scientific research is needed to respond to rising sea levels and ocean temperatures and other changes that will impact coastal communities and their economies,...

NOAA findings on right whale endangerment could affect lobster fishery

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A new report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Northeast Fisheries Science Center finds that the decline of the North Atlantic right whale population over the past eight years...