News

  • Stonington lobster boat racing draws fleet of 109

    Stonington lobster boat racing draws fleet of 109

    Stonington hosted race number 7 in the 2019 Maine Lobster Boat Racing circuit this past Sunday, with 109 boats showing up. An unusual entry was Devin Bray’s Sarah Christina in Class C (Inboards, outboards or …
  • Vineyard Wind faces new delay

    Vineyard Wind faces new delay

    Offshore wind power developer Vineyard Wind may miss its late 2019 construction start, with a delay in the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s review of the project’s environmental impact statement. The plan for 84 …
  • Bait abated: New species approved for Maine’s lobstermen

    Bait abated: New species approved for Maine’s lobstermen

    An announcement from Maine’s Department of Marine Resources on Wednesday had lobstermen collectively asking: What is a blackbelly rosefish? The short answer is a South American fish with the same classification as local redfish, which …
  • Explosion at Alaska dock sinks barge and 99-foot F/V Alaganik

    Explosion at Alaska dock sinks barge and 99-foot F/V Alaganik

    A 49-year-old man from Cordova remains missing after an explosion and fire aboard a barge rocked the port of Whittier, Alaska, just before midnight on July 8. Sources informing the Coast Guard reported a leaking …
  • Alaska ports hope to keep fish tax: ‘We can’t get answers’ says Stutes

    Alaska ports hope to keep fish tax: ‘We can’t get answers’ says Stutes

    One fisheries item that appears to have escaped Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s veto pen so far is his desire to divert local fish taxes from coastal communities into state coffers. Dunleavy’s initial budget in February …

Viewpoints

  • Maine DMR responds to elver story

    Maine DMR responds to elver story

    [Editor’s Note: Representatives at Maine’s Department of Marine Resources did not reply to Boats & Gear Editor Paul Molyneaux’s request for comment before press time. The original story has been edited to reflect this response.] …
  • Unsound mine: Pebble commentary closes today

    Unsound mine: Pebble commentary closes today

    Over the last 13 years that I’ve been watching and covering the ebbs and flows of Pebble Mine in Southwest Alaska, I’ve followed the data trail, news stories about tailings ponds failures at similar mines, …
  • Maine fisherman acquitted of overfishing elver quota by 1/100th of a pound

    Maine fisherman acquitted of overfishing elver quota by 1/100th of a pound

    [Editor’s Note: Representatives at Maine’s Department of Marine Resources did not reply to Boats & Gear Editor Paul Molyneaux’s request for comment before press time. The original story has been edited to reflect their response.] …
  • Editor’s Log: Town and country

    Editor’s Log: Town and country

    Last month, we featured the plight of California’s Dungeness fleet in facing a shutdown caused by a whale-protection lawsuit. This month, we offer the East Coast version of the story. Northeast lobster fleets are coping …
  • Busted up in the Bering Sea

    Busted up in the Bering Sea

    I made numerous other trips through Unimak Pass, and each time there was always that sense that something could quickly go wrong. Yet I always looked forward to that passage.

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