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The Working Waterfront

News of Maine's Coast and Islands

  • Port Clyde wharf
    April 22

    St. George, a peninsula town known for its recreational and commercial boating, has 125 miles of saltwater shoreline. But just 200 feet of that are in public ownership.

    That's why the town's harbormaser, Dave Schmanska, believes purchasing a shorefront parcel in Port Clyde makes sense.

  • lobster boat lighthouse
    April 17

    Lucas Lemoine, the 33-year-old scallop fisherman from Swan's Island charged earlier this year with multiple violations of marine resources laws, has had all of his commercial fishing licenses permanently revoked as a result of a history of violations that goes back almost two decades.

    Marine Programs

  • produce photo
    April 17

    Apparently Seattle is fining people who toss food waste instead of composting it. It's about darn time.

    Community Development