Department of Marine Resources

Campobello Whale Rescue

A showdown over lobsters and whales appears to be brewing between Maine and the federal government.

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.

New England Aquarium

Amid uncertainty around new rules that would try to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale, Maine's top fisheries regulator is canceling meetings he'd planned for next week with lobster harvesters around the state.

Robert F. Bukaty / AP Photo

Maine has had a small but growing aquaculture industry, but a proposal by the Mere Point Oyster Company to build a 40-acre oyster farm in Maquoit Bay in Brunswick has angered many local lobster harvesters. They’ve submitted a petition that would require the state to review its aquaculture permitting rules.

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The early analysis that an industry group released at a seafood conference in California this week finds that Maine's lobster harvest ticked up in 2018.

Robert F. Bukaty / Maine Public

State officials are shutting down the Maine elver season early, citing illegal sales of the valuable "glass" eels coveted by Asian aquaculture businesses.

The Department of Marine Resources (DMR) says a Marine Patrol investigation found some elver dealers paid cash to licensed harvesters without registering the eel sales through the state's official swipe card system, and they did so at prices less than those for properly tracked eels.

"You have to assume there's some greed involved here," says DMR spokesperson Jeff Nichols.

A Maine state project aims to bring salmon and river herring back to a tributary of one of the state's major rivers.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is using its Species Recovery Grants to States Program to award more than $310,000 to the Maine Department of Marine Resources for the project. The state wants to restore salmon and herring back to Togus Stream.

Alewives

May 25, 2017
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The annual migration of the alewife is at its peak in Maine. These fish return each year to Maine's rivers and streams--and their populations are growing due to collaborative conservation efforts throughout the state. Their growth in numbers has led to a spike in commercial harvest operations as well. What is happening statewide to continue to help alewives thrive?

Guests:  Pat Keliher, Comissioner, Department of Marine Resources

Thomas Abello, Director of External Affairs, The Nature Conservancy in Maine

The Status of Maine Fisheries

Feb 21, 2017
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Maine's Department of Marine Resources Commissioner will discuss the health of Maine’s fisheries – from scallops to herring, shrimp to lobster - and measures to protect them.