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John Holyoke / Bangor Daily News

BANGOR, Maine — Fisheries conservationists made passionate pleas Tuesday night for state fisheries officials to reconsider a plan that would allow the introduction of Arctic charr into a brook trout water that has never been stocked, and which is included on Maine’s list of protected Heritage Fish Waters.

Courtesy University of Maine

FRENCHVILLE, Maine - The state of Maine is issuing an emergency order to try to prevent the spread of an invasive pest that jeopardizes forests and wood products.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The deadline to participate in the lottery for one of Maine's growing number of deer permits is fast approaching.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

It has been a hot, dry summer, and around southern Maine conditions have been just right for something unpleasant and unhealthy: bacterial contamination. About a half a dozen freshwater beaches in Maine have been forced to close as a result.

Doug Hitchcock / Maine Audubon/via Associated Press

BIDDEFORD, Maine - Bird lovers are driving from hundreds of miles away for a rare chance to see a species of non-native hawk in southern Maine.

How An Invasive Plant Is Helping Ticks Survive In Maine

Aug 9, 2018
Maine Forest Service Department | Maine Department of Agriculture / via Bangor Daily News

There are a lot of reasons to want to control the non-native plants that have invaded the state of Maine.

But recent scientific research done on Japanese barberry adds one more big one to the list: the dense, thorny shrub actually creates a microclimate that is good for ticks. And that is bad news for people.

Courtesy U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

FORT KENT, Maine - Anglers are trying to land one of the biggest trophy fish in Maine at a fishing derby in one of the most remote parts of the state.
The Fort Kent International Muskie Derby begins on Friday and runs to Sunday. Fishermen are seeking the muskie, or muskellunge, on the St. John River and its tributaries west of Grand Falls. That stretch of the St. John travels across the northern edge of the state at the border with Canada.
The winner of the tournament has a chance to take home $35,000, as well as a fish famous for putting up a fight.

Utility crews are restoring power to hundreds of homes and businesses that lost power during severe thunderstorms in Maine.
Powerful thunderstorms swept across parts of the state in the late afternoon and evening on Tuesday, knocking down trees and electrical wires. CMP said more than 1,500 homes and businesses remained without power Wednesday morning.
Tree damage, lightning strikes, and some power outages also were reported in part of New Hampshire.

Eel Industry, Amid Controversy, Might Be Allowed More Catch

Aug 8, 2018
Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine - A regulatory board is about to decide if Maine's baby eel fishermen should be allowed to catch more of the tiny, big-money fish.
Fishermen in Maine are allowed to harvest a total of 9,688 pounds of the elvers per year. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is set to consider increasing that by about 20 percent on Wednesday.

State environmental officials say they have confirmed the presence of Eurasian watermilfoil in the north end of Cobbosseecontee Lake in Winthrop.

The aggressive aquatic plant is found throughout the U.S., but right now is known to be in only one other water body in Maine, a 28-acre pond in Scarborough.

Maine Department of Environmental Protection biologist John McPhedran says the milfoil was discovered in July by plant surveyors from a local group. He says the aquatic invasive grows very densely at the expense of native plants.

PORTLAND, Maine - A combination of heat, high humidity and poor air quality is putting people along the Maine coast with respiratory problems at risk.

Maine Department of Environmental Protection meteorologist Martha Webster says a huge smoke plume from the western wildfires, is reaching the East Coast.

She says movement of air pollution is typical, but combined with the high heat and humidity, it's making even healthy, physically fit people more likely to get sick from the heat.  

Courtesy Maine.gov

AUGUSTA, Maine - Authorities in Maine and elsewhere in the country are asking residents to be on the lookout for the destructive Asian longhorned beetle this month.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says August is the best time of the year to check trees for the invasive pest, which destroys trees. The beetles can cause branches to drop from trees, and worsen storm damage.

Maine Issues Heat Advisory As Sticky, Sweltering Air Moves In

Aug 6, 2018
Troy R. Bennett / Bangor Daily News

Large portions of Maine could feel as warm at 100 degrees on Monday, prompting an official warning about the sticky, sweltering air.

BATH, Maine - A seal pup that became stranded on a Maine beach is recovering at a rehabilitation center.
The Portland Press Herald reports a Marine Mammals of Maine team rescued the young harbor seal from Long Sands Beach in York on Friday. According to the organization, the seal was suffering from respiratory infections.
Marine Mammals of Maine Executive Director Lynda Doughty says the seal is still in "guarded condition'' but doing well. Doughty says the pup could be released in two to three months.

Caitlin Troutman / Maine Public

Climate change, pollution and water acidity are all among the issues affecting the water in Maine. The vastness and complexity of ocean environments, however, make it difficult for scientists to measure these important changes in the water. That’s why one nonprofit is looking to its volunteers to put a modern spin on an old way of assessing water quality.

As you take a walk along the shores of Casco Bay this summer, you may notice other beachgoers taking pictures — of the water.