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.

The head of Maine’s Department of Marine Resources joins us to discuss the latest issues in Maine’s fishing industry - including efforts to protect right whales, the controversy over quotas for herring and developments in Maine’s  aquaculture industry.


This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (July 11, 2018); no calls will be taken.

We’ll learn about Registered Maine Guides – the history of this program, what it takes to become a guide, and what it’s like to lead people on guided trips, whether it’s hunting, fishing or simply exploring Maine’s many wild places.

American lobster

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., October 25 at 10:30 pm
Sat., October 27 at 11:30 am

This short documentary offers a rare insider's glimpse into the world of lobstering on Monhegan Island with lobsterman, Doug Boynton.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press File

If you’ve ever read a story in the news about elver fishing season, you’ve probably seen some variation of this line: “Maine’s the only state in the U.S. with a significant fishery for elvers.”

Maybe you thought that’s because elvers don’t exist in large numbers outside of Maine — that would be a reasonable assumption. But the real reason is somewhat more complicated.

Fishermen hoist a net full of pogies, also known as menhaden, into their boat along a cove in West Bath, Maine, on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008. They use the fish as bait for lobstering and said they caught about 30,000 pounds.
Pat Wellenbach / AP Photo/File

A big decision about the future of a little fish is attracting the attention of ocean conservation groups.

Industry players are petitioning the Marine Stewardship Council to certify the menhaden fishery as sustainable. The London-based council’s sustainability certification is one of the most recognized seafood labels in the marketplace.

Recreational Fishing

Jul 24, 2017

Maine is known as one of the best places to fish--whether it's fly-fishing in lakes and streams or going for saltwater game fish. We'll hear from experts on what fishing means to Maine's culture and economy, best places to go, ways to get started -- and maybe learn some insider tips.


Mac McKeever, LL Bean senior public relations representative and lifelong Maine fisherman
Bonnie Holding, Director of Information and Education for Maine's Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife; she is also a Master Maine Guide

The Fate Of This Tiny Border Town May Rely On The Future Of Its Dam

May 19, 2017
The Forest City dam on East Grand Lake. The dam's owner filed papers to surrender it's license to operate the dam & decommission the project. The decommissioning of the dam could possibly result in the permanent drop in water level of East Grand Lake.
Gabor Degre | BDN

FOREST CITY, Maine — The dam in this tiny border town isn’t much to look at: It sports three gates and a fishway, and may stretch all of 40 feet from Canada to the United States.

But a long-simmering situation has heated up in recent months as the mill owner, Woodland Pulp LLC, has filed paperwork with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that would allow it to surrender its license to the dam and remove two of the three gates.

"Eight Ways to Fish" cover image

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Sat., September 23 at 11:00 am

It’s all about fishing, but not about fish. This video is about an island and some of the people who live on it. It’s also about finding what you are looking for. It was recorded in Stonington and Deer Isle, on the East side of Maine’s Penobscot Bay — the perfect place for exploring ways to fish. You’ll hear the stories of artists, fishermen, collectors and pie bakers. You’ll also learn about wooden boats, edible plants and medicinal potions from the sea. From crab picking to dump picking, you’ll find a community of character, independence and Down East wisdom. It is also a community of people who just happen to be located on one of the most beautiful harbors along the Maine Coast.

A sternman holds a lobster caught off South Bristol, Maine.
AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File

The LePage administration wants to jack up fees for commercial fishing licenses. Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher says the revenues would go into research, and meet the governor’s directive for a flat budget.

A Spruce Head fisherman is facing penalties of up to $500 and the suspension of his harvester’s license after state marine patrol officers charged him with fishing beyond his trap limit. Jeff Nichols, a spokesman for the state Department of Marine Resources, says fifty-two year old Brian Tarbox was only licensed to fish with 800 traps when he was stopped by marine patrol officers.

State fisheries officials are urging Maine anglers to keep in mind that recent hot dry weather can have a negative effect on coldwater species such as trout and landlocked salmon.

Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Fisheries Director Francis Brautigam says this time of year, it’s not unusual to experience low flows and elevated water temperatures in streams, lakes and ponds. He says the real difference this year is the duration.

Those fishing are being asked to be more conscientious when fishing and handling fish.

On the Edge still

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Sunday, July 10 at 4:00 pm

This documentary tells the story of lobster-fishing communities on Maine's year-round islands. At the turn of the last century, there were 300 inhabited, unbridged islands in Maine; now there are 15. At present the lobsters are plentiful, but islanders worry about the future of the fishery and the realities faced by their children and grandchildren.

A fish habitat survey project in Maine is still looking for volunteers this season to take notes on native brook trout and their habitat.

“You are signing up for an adventure because you do not know what you’re going to find,” says Emily Bastian who coordinates the Maine Brook Trout Survey — a partnership between Maine Audubon, Trout Unlimited and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Feds Call for Less NE Codfish Monitoring

Apr 30, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ The amount of at-sea monitoring that New England's cod fishermen will be required to submit to will be reduced in the coming fishing year, federal regulators have decided.