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New from Maine about all things lobster and fishing. Informing the public and industry of important and fun fishing related stories.
Lobstering life in Maine
Rick Trundy does not like staying ashore, even when the wind is blowing twenty knots. It’s 4:30 in the morning in mid-April, early in the lobster season, and while most of the lobstermen in Stonington, Maine, are someplace warm, drinking coffee, he’s steaming his forty-foot boat, the Crossfire, southward down the east side of Isle Au Haut, already pitching over five-foot swells that grow in size the closer he gets to open water. The sky is lightening on the port side, and Isle au Haut Mountain looms, blue and dark, on the starboard. In the dim wheelhouse, Rick hears the voice of his uncle, Dick Bridges, distorted by the VHF radio speaker, querying from the wharf. “How are you liking it down there?”Read more….

Offshore wind proposal discussed
The waters off the Maine coast are being eyed as a potential site for the nation’s first deep-water wind farm.

An intergovernmental task force formed by the federal Bureau of Energy Management met Thursday to discuss an application by a Norwegian energy company to erect a four-turbine wind farm on a test site about 12 miles off Boothbay Harbor.

If the project is approval and developed, it could be operating in 2016. It would mark a milestone in the development of offshore wind power, much the say the Model T marked a turning point in car manufacturing, said Paul Williamson, executive director of the Maine Wind Industry Initiative.

Lobster Festival benefits community
The Maine Lobster Festival’s impact on the community continues long after the last crustacean is eaten in the first weekend of August.

And Oceanside High School has been one of the largest beneficiaries of the volunteer organization.

In November, the festival donated $20,000 to the high school — $12,000 for a new curtain and lights at the auditorium; $3,500 for a refrigerator, mailbox, four tables and 16 chairs for the teachers’ room; and $4,500 for uniforms.

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Island half empty or full

2011 was notable, among other reasons, for the release of reams of data from the 22nd U.S. Census. For purposes of understanding how we are doing as a nation, or as a state or as a group of communities, such as the Maine islands, there is nothing that even comes close to this authoritative compilation. The first U.S Census was undertaken in 1790 by Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson and compiled every 10 years since. Like everything else, the census has gotten more complex with each passing decade as the country adds more categories of information to collect. In 1880 the increase in census information was so substantial that it took almost 10 years to publish the results. Thankfully, the Census Bureau has become much more efficient in the decades since, and now we get the final results within a year.
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Sen. Snowe talks cod fishing
U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine), Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard, today commented on the efforts of a working group to preserve cod fishing in the Gulf of Maine. On Tuesday, Senator Snowe sent an open letter to Eric Schwaab, the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), requesting the agency seek all possible solutions to prevent a complete shutdown of New England’s historic Gulf of Maine cod fishery following the release of an assessment showing that the Gulf of Maine cod are not, as previously thought, on target to meet the rebuilding requirements as mandated by federal law.


Fishing is a family affair

Two names are prominent in Trenton when the lobster fishing industry is mentioned.

Living in Trenton, building their traps and boats, grandfathers, fathers, sons, brothers and cousins all made their living from the hard work required in the business.

Generations of Dicksons and Polleys were in the lobster fishing business for decades, beginning in Trenton in 1913. They plied the trade pulling the heavy traps by hand in the early years and later used the mechanical winch apparatus for easier landing of the loaded traps.

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Santa Claws the albino lobster
You don’t need to pinch yourself, a pure white albino lobster has been caught off the coast of Dorset.

The snow-coloured beast was pulled from the sea by a fisherman who couldn’t bring himself to eat it and instead handed it to an aquarium.
Santa Claws – as he’s been named – is now at home at the Sea Life centre in Weymouth, Dorset, where he has turned into a popular attraction.


Sustainable seafood becoming more common
Sustainable seafood is no flash in the frying pan. All across the United States, supermarket operators and the companies that supply them are rolling out stringent programs to ensure that the product they offer green-minded consumers is as eco-friendly as possible.
Lobsters are the new turkey
Recession hit Brits are turning to luxury grub ‘Lobsters’ instead of conventional ‘turkeys’ this Christmasto overcome their low mood, experts say.Bosses consider that it will be second only to the traditional Yuletide bird in the year’s food and drink best-sellers.
Experts say recession-hit Brits are turning to luxury foods as a treat to cheer themselves up.

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