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The Working Waterfront

News of Maine's Coast and Islands

  • Cruise ship off MDI
    November 23

    Visitor numbers at Acadia National Park continue to climb, a positive trend mirrored by the state as a whole. Park visitation as of Oct. 31 was up 8 percent over the same period in 2014, which had 2.56 million visitors overall and was one of the park’s top years ever...

  • Stonington shore
    November 23

    Maine's top lobster landing port each year is Stonington, and according to the Island Ad-Vantages newspaper, the value of landings in 2014 exceeded the previous year by $11 million, hitting a total value of $60 million.

  • Darius Kaspzrak with a jig rig.
    November 23

    To those with some knowledge of fishing, the term “jig” usually conjures up images of sport fishermen jerking rods up and down, often with some funky looking squid as bait. Darius Kasprzak, who makes his living as a commercial jig fisherman, uses automated jig machines...

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