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PORTLAND, Maine - Interstate fishing regulators say the quota is almost tapped out in one of the most productive herring fishing areas of the Northeast, and they're shutting the fishery down for the rest of the month.

Hot, Dry Summer Bringing Fewer Cases Of Lyme Disease

Sep 10, 2018
U.S. Centers for Disease Control / Associated Press

New England's hot summer might be helping keep the ticks that carry Lyme disease at bay.

FREEPORT, Maine - Maine-based L.L. Bean has doubled the number of electric car charging stations, making it the largest charging station in the state.

Caitlin Troutman / Maine Public

More than 500 climate change protesters and environmental advocates gathered in Portland Saturday as part of a rally and “funeral” for various environmental and political causes.

Maine Public

Crews are working to restore power to homes and businesses around southern and central Maine in the wake of a storm that knocked out power to nearly 30,000 customers.

Residents Frustrated By Algae Blooms On Hancock County Pond

Sep 7, 2018
Courtesy of Lisa Branch / via Bangor Daily News

FRANKLIN, Maine — Earlier this summer, Georges Pond looked more like a vast, 350-acre bowl of pea soup than a freshwater lake. But it wasn’t anything you would want to eat.

Courtesy University of Maine

State officials are asking for the public's help in locating several ash trees sold by a major retailer in Maine this summer that may contain emerald ash borer.

"Say NO to 145-mile CMP transmission line through Maine" via Facebook

Central Maine Power (CMP) says that it is ready to negotiate the terms of its bid to build and upgrade 145-miles of high-power transmission lines that would bring electricity from Canada's Hydro Quebec dam system to Massachusetts customers. The move comes as regulatory hearings in Maine and Massachusetts are ramping up, and as opposition may be growing more organized.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Officials say there are more squirrels scampering around southern Maine - and more of them are getting run over by cars as a result.

Courtesy Maine Audubon

OGUNQUIT, Maine - Maine officials say the effort to protect a rare bird species has met success with a record number of piping plover hatchlings.


If you felt Portland was a little steamy last month — you were right. The average temperature, including daytime and nighttime, was 4 degrees above average at 72.2.

Some Maine residents have gotten a stinky start to their Labor Day weekend.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

The federal government is declaring the deaths of hundreds of seals off the New England coast this summer to be "an unusual mortality event,” and it is warning the public to stay away from the stranded animals if they encounter them along Maine's beaches.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Water temperatures in the Gulf of Maine are on course to be some of the warmest on record, and the "marine heatwave" is being associated with disruptions in the gulf's ecosystem. Some animals in the Gulf, though, seem to be adapting to the changes.

Maine Issues Emergency Bear-Trapping Rule To Protect Canada Lynx

Aug 31, 2018
Bridget Brown / Bangor Daily News

On Wednesday, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife issued an emergency rule that further delineated legal practices by the state’s bear hunters. The impetus for that decision: Wildlife officials had become aware of a device they are concerned could harm federally protected Canada lynx.