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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.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press/file

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's bears have been snooping around barrels of bait for weeks now, and they're soon to find out how all that free food got there in the first place.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife has adopted a rule that will limit the use of live fish as bait.

University of Maine

The University of Maine and The Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences will use a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation to learn more about Maine's aquatic ecosystems.

It's The Height Of Deer Fly And Horse Fly Season - Why They're Such Dreaded Pests

Aug 20, 2019
Courtesy of Howard Russell/via Bangor Daily News

Emerging in full force mid-summer, deer flies and horse flies are among the most intimidating creatures in the Northeast. Their bites are painful, and once they home in on a target, they’re nearly impossible to shake.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press/file

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Maine has recently lifted long closures of several shellfish harvest sites due to the potentially fatal biological toxin known as red tide.