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PORTLAND, Maine - A federal program that funds ocean research is going to help establish a push for more scientific work about lobsters in Maine.

Peter Duley / NEFSC/NOAA

PORTLAND, Maine - An arm of the federal government says it's disappointed that a lobster fishing group is pulling its support of a proposal to help endangered whales, but will continue to work with the fishermen.

A salmon conservation group says its researchers have intercepted more than 50 salmon it believes escaped from aquaculture operations near a river close to the border of Canada and Maine.

BOSTON - Federal regulators are cutting back the amount that fishermen can harvest an economically important fish species on the East Coast.

RYE, N.H. - New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu is going to sign a bill to bar oil and gas drilling from the state's coastal waters.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's fall hunting seasons will soon get into high gear, and the state's seasons for deer and bear are already in swing.

Ed Morin / Maine Public

The Portland-based Gulf of Maine Research Institute is launching a new virtual multi-disciplinary Climate Center in response to the rapid warming of ocean waters.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

One person’s trash, it has been said, is another person’s treasure — except when it comes to recycling. 

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

You may have heard it said that just about every third bite of food you take was made possible by a bee. Bees are required in the production of everything from apples to zucchini, and even important cattle feeds such as alfalfa require bees for pollination.

Brian Bechard / Maine Public

PORTLAND, Maine — A scientist who helped re-establish puffins on islands off the Maine coast is retiring at month’s end.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

A public-private partnership aimed at reducing fishing gear waste is expanding after 10 years of operations.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

The fate of a century-old, international dam — and thousands of recreational camps that depend on it — will be up for consideration at the East Grand School in northern Maine on Wednesday. Federal regulators are taking up the thorny question of how the dam might be decommissioned without significantly lowering the lake it has created.

State officials are monitoring a large algae bloom in Casco Bay that stretches from around Chebeague Island to Phippsburg.

Kohl Kanwit, director of the Maine Department of Marine Resources Bureau of Public Health, says Karenia mikimotoi is a nuisance species that turns the water rusty brown and can have a foul smell. But she says it has no effect on human health and safety, either by swimming or eating seafood caught in the water.

Kanwit says, if the bloom gets large enough, it can harm marine organisms.

Michael Dwyer / Associated Press/file

State fishery regulators are postponing a series of meetings that had been scheduled with Maine lobstermen over the next several weeks to prepare for potential new federal restrictions designed to protect endangered North Atlantic Right Whales.

PORTLAND, Maine - The Environmental Protection Agency is giving a break to Maine's lobster industry by delaying new clean-air standards for some marine diesel engines.