Bill Trotter

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17 Prisoners Released

on May 26, 2017, at 6:40 p.m.
Michael Bryant and his wife Sarah Bryant exit the Portland federal courthouse, after he was sentenced to 3 years of probation for poaching more than $330,000 worth of baby eels, May 17, 2017.

How Maine came to play a central role in an international eel smuggling scheme

By Bill Trotter on May 22, 2017, at 7:42 a.m.
Before 2014, when there were no statewide or individual catch limits in Maine, licensed elver fishermen could sell as many elvers as they could get their hands on, which encouraged many to pass off elvers caught by someone else as their own.
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MOUNT DESERT ISLAND, MAINE -- 5/22/15 -- David Rockefeller Sr. is seen during an event to mark his donation of 1000 acres of land to the Mount Desert Land and Garden Preserve on Friday on Mount Desert Island. Gabor Degre | BDN

Rockefeller’s will leaves art, millions of dollars, island in Maine

on April 28, 2017, at 7:30 a.m.
Several Maine organizations will benefit as a result of provisions in Rockefeller’s will, Forbes reported last week.
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Rockefeller’s will leaves art, millions of dollars, a Maine island

on April 28, 2017, at 7:30 a.m.
Law enforcement personnel stand next to a dead humpback whale that had washed up on Rockaway Beach in Queens, New York on April 4, 2017. it is one of 41 dead humpback whales that have washed up on the East Coast since January 2016. Calling it an “unusual mortality event,” NOAA officials have opened an investigation into what may have caused the whales’ deaths.

Surprising spike in humpback whale deaths alarms scientists

By Bill Trotter on April 27, 2017, at 2:43 p.m.
A jump in humpback whale deaths along the East Coast since the beginning of 2016 is stumping scientists.
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Elver fishermen getting higher prices this year (so far)

on April 14, 2017, at 7 a.m.
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Elver fishermen getting higher prices this year (so far)

on April 14, 2017, at 7 a.m.
This map shows where the Surry Forest is located near the intersections of routes 176 and 172 near Surry village in Hancock County. Blue Hill Heritage Trust announced Monday that it has acquired the 2,114-acre property.

Land trust acquires 2,100-acre forest parcel in Surry

By Bill Trotter on April 10, 2017, at 2:36 p.m.
Hunting has been allowed and will continue to be allowed on the land, along with other non-motorized uses such as hiking, biking or cross-country skiing.
Colorful corals and anemones in west Jordan Basin are pictured in this photo taken in the summer of 2014 by coral researchers.

Proposed closure of coral grounds in Gulf of Maine has lobster industry on edge

By Bill Trotter on April 08, 2017, at 7:50 a.m.
“This is a serious as a heart attack,” Terry Stockwell said. “This is a big deal for us all.”
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CBC profiles Afghan who snuck across border at Houlton to seek asylum in Canada

on April 02, 2017, at 6 a.m.
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CBC report: Canada grants refugee status to Muslim man who snuck across border at Houlton

on April 02, 2017, at 6 a.m.
U.S. President Donald Trump signs an executive order on "energy independence," eliminating Obama-era climate change regulations, during an event at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headquarters.

Trump order on relaxing power plant emissions could mean more pollution in Maine

By Bill Trotter on March 31, 2017, at 5:23 p.m.
“This is a disaster for Maine, which is not only downwind from many of those polluters, but is also blessed with abundant clean, local, renewable energy supplies.”
Elvers sit in a net in Card Mill Stream in Franklin, May 29, 2015.

Maine’s elver king denies federal charges of trafficking in baby eels

By Bill Trotter and Judy Harrison on March 30, 2017, at 11:33 a.m.
A 71-year-old Woolwich man pleaded not guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to trafficking in poached elvers — juvenile American eels — between 2011 and 2014.
The Pettegrow family, which owns the Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound, is selling its wholesale lobster distribution business, Seal Point Lobster Co. in Lamoine, to the Maine Lobstering Union. The sale, which media reports say is for $4 million, will provide the fishermen-only union with a greater stake in the industry's distribution chain.

Maine lobstermen figured out how to make more money off their catches

By Bill Trotter on March 24, 2017, at 2:08 p.m.
A lobstermen-only fishing organization has purchased a local lobster wholesale business, Seal Point Lobster Co.
A fisherman opens scallops in Southwest Harbor earlier this month. Heavy fishing activity in the northern Gulf of Maine federal scallop management area has resulted in regulators shutting the area down on Thursday, two months earlier than it was closed last year.

Regulators close federal scallop fishing grounds in Gulf of Maine

By Bill Trotter on March 22, 2017, at 5:36 p.m.
The area is being closed because vessels in that area have reached their cumulative annual limit of 70,000 pounds of scallops.
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Gay pride, Confederate battle flags displayed at Maine high schools

on March 22, 2017, at 6:30 a.m.
A seaweed harvester maneuvers a barge in July 2016 while harvesting rockweed near the Muscle Ridge Islands off Spruce Head, Maine. A judge has ruled in a lawsuit filed in Washington County that private landowners can prohibit harvesters from taking seaweed growing in the intertidal zones of their properties.

Judge: Landowners can prohibit seaweed harvesting on private property

By Bill Trotter on March 21, 2017, at 1:02 p.m.
In a case that has statewide implications for Maine’s growing seaweed industry and for shorefront property owners along the entire coast, a judge has ruled in favor of a group of Washington County property owners who sued to prevent seaweed harvesters from taking rockweed on their properties.

Hunters busted for killing 87 snowshoe hares on remote Maine island

By Bill Trotter on March 21, 2017, at 8:25 a.m.
Maine Game Warden Eric Rudolph stands next to dozens of dead snowshoe hares that wardens confiscated Saturday from a group of hunters on Great Duck Island.

Hunters busted for killing 87 snowshoe hares on remote Maine island

By Bill Trotter on March 20, 2017, at 1:50 p.m.
The group was found to have killed 67 snowshoe hares more than Maine’s daily bag limit allows.
David Rockefeller Sr. is seen during an event to mark his donation of 1,000 acres to the Mount Desert Land and Garden Preserve in May 2015 on Mount Desert Island.

David Rockefeller Sr., billionaire whose family helped create Acadia, dies at 101

By Bill Trotter on March 20, 2017, at 11:28 a.m.
Rockefeller died on Monday morning at his home in Pocantico Hills, N.Y.