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New Study To Examine Feeding Habits Of Cape Cod Great White Sharks

Jun 19, 2019
Charles Krupa / Associated Press/file

BOSTON - Researchers on Cape Cod are launching a new study focused on the hunting and feeding habits of the region's great white sharks following last year's two attacks on humans.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine is banning single-use plastic bags in grocery check-out lines by April 22, 2020.   House Democrats said Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed the bill Monday with the goal of limiting plastic pollution.

Gulf of Maine Deep Coral Science Team / UMaine

Fisheries experts from around the region are at the University of Maine at Machias for a two-day conference on what could be the next wave of fisheries regulation. It's called ecosystem-based fisheries management, and it takes a different approach.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine - The number of nesting piping plovers in Maine has climbed to record numbers, continuing a positive trend in the state for the endangered birds.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press/file

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine - Lobster fishermen will likely have to contend with another deep cut to the availability of bait next year.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

Every year, fishermen lose tons of gear along the coast of Maine. It can collect into jumbled masses, what’s known as “ghost gear,” that can be hazardous to navigation and marine life. On Friday, a group of divers, fishermen and scientists hauled up a giant ball that’s been forming off Cape Elizabeth for years.

PORTLAND, Maine - A pair of groups says it expects to remove about 5,000 pounds of lost and abandoned fishing gear from New England waters during an effort to clean up the debris.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

More than 100 Downeast lobstermen turned out in Trenton Tuesday night for a meeting with the state’s top marine resources official to weigh in on gear and other changes that will be imposed within two years to reduce the risk that endangered North Atlantic right whales will be entangled.

Amid Rising Sea Waters, Coastal Maine Town Seeks Ways To Stem Future Flood Damages

Jun 3, 2019
Courtesy Town of Stonington / via Bangor Daily News

When Kathleen Billings was a kid, she could count on high tide falling several feet short of topping the causeway between Deer and Little Deer islands.

New England Researchers Discover New Way To Measure Stress On Whales

May 30, 2019
Scott Kraus / New England Aquarium/via Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine  — Whale researchers in New England believe they've found a new way to measure the amount of stress felt by whales when they experience traumas such as entanglements in fishing gear, and they say the technique could help protect the massive sea creatures from extinction.

ST. ANDREWS, New Brunswick - A group that advocates for the conservation of Atlantic salmon says the North American catch has hit an all-time low, and signs are mixed about the salmon population's health.

Deep Gulf of Maine Has Been Warming Twice As Fast As The Surface, Study Finds

May 29, 2019
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration / via Bangor Daily News

Water deep in the Gulf of Maine has been warming twice as fast as the surface over the past 15 years, causing a significant disruption in the seasonal migration of endangered right whales, according to a new scientific study.

A Maine man who was scouting fishing locations came across a rare sight: a pair of Canada lynx facing off on a dirt road.

State officials are reminding residents to help control the spread of an invasive beetle in valuable ash trees this summer. The emerald ash borer kills ash trees by feeding on their inner bark.

The beetle arrived in New Hampshire in 2013 and has since spread to seven counties – including those where the majority of the state's ash trees grow.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine fishing regulators are considering some small changes to the rules that govern the state's fishery for sea urchins.