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BAR HARBOR, Maine - A ferry company has postponed a new service between Maine and Canada because renovations of the Bay Harbor terminal are taking longer than expected.
The company, Bay Ferries, had said it hoped to begin ferry service between Bar Harbor and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, by June 21, but now predicts the service can start in July.
The company says it will cancel, re-route or re-schedule all reservations prior to July 7.

UK Firm Wants To Launch Another Maine Salmon Farm, This One In Millinocket

Jun 12, 2019
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Millinocket could be the next place in Maine to spawn an aquafarm as part of a fledgling but potentially lucrative industry of growing Atlantic salmon in land-based fish tanks.

Plan To Offer Train Service To Northern Midcoast Maine Falls Through Again

Jun 11, 2019
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For the second summer in a row, plans to extend the Amtrak Downeaster’s service north of Brunswick through Rockland for a limited seasonal schedule have fallen through.

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Maine Medical Center has announced $10.5 million in donations from two Maine families. The funding is being used to build two new floors for the oncology department and a heliport for critical patients coming in from across the state.

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Both public and private shipyards are facing a loss of skilled workers, as many are retiring and there is a shortage of training programs. Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Golden of Maine’s 2nd District has added language to the National Defense Authorization Act to try and address that problem.

PORTLAND, Maine - Fishermen of baby eels in Maine have come close to topping a record for the value of the tiny fish.

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Maine lobstermen hauling traps in an internationally disputed section of the Bay of Fundy, known as the “gray zone,” will be allowed some extra hours working at sea this year under a resolve recently enacted by the Maine Legislature. It’s the latest but likely not the last skirmish in a long-running conflict between Canada and the U.S. over fishing rules in the zone.

A nonprofit says it's shutting two of its four backwoods lodges in Maine's western mountains. The Portland Press Herald reports that Maine Huts and Trails will close two of the overnight lodges this summer and fall.

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Maine lobstermen will meet with state marine resources officials in Trenton Tuesday evening to consider coming regulations that could force the industry to reduce by half the amount of fixed-gear trap rope placed in the ocean.

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Acadia National Park saw a record number of visitors last year. That's according to a report recently released by the National Park Service.

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Another land-based fish farm is in the works for mid-coast Maine. A Dutch Company, called Kingfish Zeeland, is seeking a site where it would grow yellowtail kingfish in a so-called "Recirculating Aquaculture System," which is a growing sector in the industry.

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Maine's Congressional delegation is weighing in on potential restrictions on lobster trap gear aimed at protecting the endangered North Atlantic right whale from entanglements. The delegation says it wants to make sure new rules do not hit Maine's lobster fleet harder than others in New England.

The Maine Senate joined the House Wednesday in approving a measure that would require cable companies to offer customers individual channels when seeking franchises from municipalities.

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Maine's House of Representatives Tuesday approved a measure that would require cable companies to offer a-la-carte channel choices when seeking municipal franchises for cable services.

Maine residents are a step closer to seeing the expansion of a tax credit designed to help workers.