A right whale feeding

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Feds limit lobstering to protect right whales

A long-anticipated ruling by the National Marine Fisheries Service aimed at protecting the endangered North Atlantic right whale was issued Aug. 30. The ruling impacts Maine’s signature fishery on several fronts. The key components mean lobster fishermen with federal permits can no longer set traps using vertical buoy lines from… SEE MORE
Sara Rademaker

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Homegrown eels

[caption id="attachment_27060" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Sara Rademaker at the Franklin facility.[/caption] Story and photos by Leslie Bowman Maine’s most lucrative fishery by the pound is its spring elver run, and as such, it seemed an obvious candidate for aquaculture. In Asia and Europe there is a long tradition of eel farming.… SEE MORE
Ethan DeBery, owner of Fish 'n Trips, in Phippsburg aboard his AJ-28-foot lobster boat.

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Lobster tour operators say demand is strong

[caption id="attachment_27030" align="aligncenter" width="600"] DeBery shows two-year-old Kieran Park what running a lobster boat is all about.[/caption] PHOTOS BY KELLI PARK How well is Ethan DeBery doing with lobster boat charters? So well, that he has advice for his colleagues. “People have asked me, ‘Why don’t half of the lobstermen… SEE MORE
McDonald holds one of her daughters while on a friend's boat in Stonington harbor.

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The lobstering legislator

PHOTOS BY MICHELE STAPLETON Near the end of our conversation, Genevieve McDonald drops a bit of a bombshell by saying she is applying for law school and hopes to begin classes in the fall of 2022. This comes after she has described her work as a state legislator, her work… SEE MORE
A street scene in Eastport.

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Traveling journalists find ‘ingenious’ local initiatives

[caption id="attachment_26991" align="alignnone" width="500"] Deb and Jim Fallows[/caption] Despite today’s fraught political discourse at the national level, local communities are finding ways to connect and find common solutions and work toward renewed innovation, compromise, and optimism. That was the message from James and Deborah Fallows, journalists and authors of the… SEE MORE
RivGen system

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Maine-based hydropower innovator lands capital

Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC), a developer of renewable power systems that harness energy from free-flowing rivers and tidal currents, announced that it has secured a $20 million investment commitment with an additional $5 million coming in the fall. The investment comes from a consortium led by Canadian Shield Capital in… SEE MORE