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Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Scientists from around the world are gathering in Portland this week for the first-ever international symposium on the future of the Gulf of Maine in a climate-changed world.

Pat Wellenbach / Associated Press/file

OXFORD, Maine - The longest stretch of Maine's annual moose hunt is taking place in some central and western parts of the state.


Maine's lobstermen are getting a look at new rules that will affect their fishery and are designed to protect endangered right whales.

Thousands Still Without Power After Last Week’s Windstorm

Nov 3, 2019
LInda Coan O'Kresik / BDN

About 16,000 homes and businesses in Maine still lacked power on Sunday morning after a heavy windstorm blew across the state late Thursday night into Friday.

A bill designed to protect endangered species that was authored in part by Maine's Republican senator has passed the U.S. Senate.

Troy R. Bennett / Bangor Daily News/file

Renewed winds causing problems for crews trying to repair damage from a storm that began Thursday. Emera Maine and Central Maine Power both say, even as repairs were made following a first wave of wind overnight, a second wave of gusty winds caused more damage.

TRENTON, N.J. - Around 420,000 customers were without power up and down the Eastern Seaboard and in Ohio as severe thunderstorms moved through the region.

Cynthia Christman / NOAA

A federal judge has ruled that two fishing areas off New England will remain closed to certain kinds of gear to protect an endangered species of whale.

GEORGETOWN, Maine - An environmental group is working with Maine shellfish farmers to grow more of a species of clam it thinks can better stand up to predators that have plagued the state's harvest of bivalves.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Two new studies of lobsters along the northeastern Atlantic coast look at possible reasons for the dramatic rise in the Gulf of Maine population beginning in the ’90s, and why those numbers could start to decline over the next several years.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

The lights are back on for more than half of the Maine residents and businesses that lost power after Thursday morning's Nor'easter.

UMaine File

Officials with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry say an emerald ash borer was found in a beetle trap in Payson Park in Portland, marking the third time the destructive insect has been found in the state.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

Utility crews are hard at work to continue power restoration efforts in the wake of a powerful wind and rain storm that swept through the state in the early morning hours.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

A strong October nor’easter packing high winds and heavy rain has knocked out power to tens of thousands of Maine households and businesses.

Maine Public file

Research spearheaded by Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay will try to prove that feeding seaweed to dairy cattle can lower their methane emissions and potentially spawn a new market for seaweed aquaculture.