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    January 19, 2012

    Angry urchin fishermen demand more fishing days

    At a meeting of the Sea Urchin Zone Council earlier this month, some Zone 1 harvesters said they should be able to fish more than the 10 days they have been assigned each year since 2004. The harvesters said that scientists and managers with the state Department of Marine Resources have compiled the data they need to see that the resource can sustain more fishing. Expressing anger, they said the DMR has neverthele…

  • Published
    October 28, 2011

    Commission: Significant reduction in shrimp landings likely

    Fishery managers will be considering a “significantly reduced harvest limit” for the shrimp fishery’s upcoming 2011/2012 season. At its Oct. 18 meeting, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Northern Shrimp Section approved Amendment 2 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Northern Shrimp and recommended its full adoption by the ASMFC. According to a press release issued after that …

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    October 27, 2011

    Maine works to ensure access to recovering scallop stocks

    As Maine’s inshore scallop stocks rebound, state fishery managers said they wanted to ensure that federally permitted fishing vessels from Maine are able to access the resource on an equal basis with state-permitted vessels. The state’s request was approved as part of a package of actions taken by the New England Fishery Management Council at its Sept. 26-29 meeting. Enacted as part of Framework 23 to the …

  • Published
    September 21, 2011

    No decision yet on new Marine Resources chief

    Department of Marine Resources Acting Commissioner Patrick Keliher this week confirmed he is in the running for a permanent appointment as the agency’s chief. Keliher also said that he will stay on as acting commissioner until the end of the year. About the appointment, Keliher said Gov. Paul LePage’s office, which is handling the search for a new DMR chief, will have a decision, “In late December or January,” …

  • Published
    March 24, 2011

    Tremont artist painted mural Gov. LePage is ordering removed

    Judy Taylor, an artist who lives in Tremont and has her studio and gallery there, painted the Department of Labor mural that is now the subject of contention. Earlier this week, Gov. Paul LePage ordered the removal of the 36-foot mural, which is located in the agency’s lobby. A March 24 press release from artists Rob Shetterly, Natasha Mayers and Joan Braun said that Maine artists and labor historians will …

  • Published
    March 8, 2011

    DMR Chief Norman Olsen to fishermen: Transparency, dialogue favored

    Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Norman Olsen said he spent the first month on his new job swept up by issues related to the early closure of the shrimp fishery. But in his first meetings at the Maine Fishermen’s Forum, March 3-5, Olsen proved ready to tackle all other marine-related matters. At the annual meeting of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association on March 4, and shortly afterward in a special …

  • Published
    June 30, 2010

    From death’s door, an addict finds his way home

    Dustin Johnson started using marijuana and alcohol when he was 11 or 12 years old. At 17, he got into cocaine and crack. From there, he ended up on heroin and other narcotics. “It ended up getting really bad,” Johnson said recently at his home in Surry. “It was daily, for about six and a half or seven years. I was really bad. I had a $300- or $400-a-day habit and it just ended up getting worse and worse.” Jo…

  • Published
    May 17, 2010

    Hinckley orders, employee numbers pick up again

    The production line at the Hinckley Co.’s jet boat plant in Trenton presents a far different picture this week than it did half a year ago. Twenty-three jet boats are in production or on order, and the company is hiring back scores of those laid off over the past year and a half. On a recent morning, seven boats were in various stages of construction on the production lines, and more were in lay-up. With the …

  • Published
    March 12, 2010

    Lobsters in a sea of bait plumes

    If lobsters amble so many feet in a day and the aroma of bait wafts in a radius of an average given distance, how many traps does each lobster get to choose from for its dining pleasure — and, of course, for the dining pleasure of its human predators? It sounds like a dreaded fifth-grade algebra problem. But the intersection of lobsters as they perambulate the ocean bottom with “bait plumes” that emanate from …

  • Published
    January 20, 2010

    Marine bills: Split tails, trawls and tension

    Five bills that relate to the lobster industry are coming before the Legislature’s Marine Resources Committee over the next couple of weeks. At its Jan. 14 meeting at Mount Desert High School, the Zone B Lobster Council said it does not support LD 1560, which is an act to eliminate the 3-trap limit in the waters off Hancock County. It is currently unlawful to have on any trawl more than three lobster traps …

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