Bill Trotter

Mount Desert Island

 
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.
GOING COASTAL

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.
A Sea Grant staffer assists with a scallop aquaculture research project at Downeast Institute in this 2007 file photo. Under budget cuts proposed by President Trump,the $73 million Sea Grant program could be eliminated altogether.

Trump wants to end grants that support Maine fishing jobs

By Bill Trotter on March 16, 2017, at 4:04 p.m.
Funding for the state’s Department of Marine Resources and for collecting weather and climate data in the Gulf of Maine also could be put at risk.
"One Morning in Maine" by Robert McCloskey.

‘One Morning in Maine’ island donated to Nature Conservancy

By Bill Trotter on March 10, 2017, at 7:48 p.m.
Outer Scott Island, located off the southwestern shore of Little Deer Isle, is the setting for Robert McCloskey’s 1953 classic “ One Morning in Maine.”
Don McLean

Don McLean’s ex-wife granted new protection order against folk singer

By Bill Trotter on March 08, 2017, at 5:52 p.m.
The “American Pie” singer pleaded guilty in July to charges of domestic violence assault, domestic violence criminal threatening, criminal restraint and criminal mischief.
Mount Desert Island scallop diver Andy Mays cuts out the innards of a scallop on his boat Lost Airmen on Tuesday, March 7. Maine fishermen say federal mismanagement is allowing out-of-state boats to harvest unlimited numbers of scallops in the northern Gulf of Maine, which could threaten the long-term viability of scallop stocks in the gulf.

Maine scallopers ‘won’t back down’ to big out-of-state boats over lopsided catches

By Bill Trotter on March 08, 2017, at 6:17 a.m.
Fisherman James West said that larger boats, most of which are based out of state, should not be allowed unlimited catches when he is capped at harvesting only 200 pounds of meat.
The former Eastern Fine Paper mill in Brewer absorbs the morning sun in this October 2007 file photo, taken a few months before demolition of the mill was finished. The EPA's Brownfields grant program, which provided $2 million to help fund the cleanup of the mill site, could be slashed by as much as 42 percent as a result of an executive order by President Trump, according to Reuters.

Here’s how EPA cuts, policy changes could affect Maine

By Bill Trotter on March 06, 2017, at 8:18 a.m.
State funding for environmental programs already has been “cut down to the bone” in recent years, and losing more funding from EPA cutbacks would amount to “removing bones” from the department.
Lobster sit a crate at the Stonington Lobster Co-op dock in 2014. State officials say the value of all lobster landed in Maine in 2016 increased by more than $30 million from 2015, hitting a record total of $533 million.

Annual Maine lobster value hits record high of $533 million

By Bill Trotter on March 03, 2017, at 10:44 a.m.
The dockside value of statewide lobster hauls hit a record level of $533 million in 2016, a jump of more than $30 million from 2015.
GOING COASTAL

These are the 4 most pressing marine management issues in the Gulf of Maine

on March 03, 2017, at 6 a.m.
A red pickup truck pulls away from the Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport last week. The state prison is again being proposed for closure as cost-saving measure in the proposed state budget.

Down East prison back on state budget chopping block

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 21, 2017, at 11:54 a.m.
Downeast Correctional Facility, which overlooks the local fishing village of Bucks Harbor, once again is proposed for closure as a cost-saving measure in the latest proposed state budget.
The Woodland Pulp and St. Croix Tissue mill in Baileyville, Maine.

Baileyville mill workers exposed to toxic gas

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 16, 2017, at 12:54 p.m.
A leak of poisonous gas at the local pulp and tissue mill has resulted in several people being brought to the hospital, according to a report from WLBZ.

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 13, 2017, at 1:58 p.m.
Randy Garland

House guest with extensive criminal history accused of stabbing host with steak knife

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 10, 2017, at 8:50 a.m.
A local man with an extensive criminal history is back in jail after he allegedly attacked another man with a steak knife.
Tenants Harbor fisherman and seaweed harvester Hale Miller maneuvers his barge while harvesting rockweed off the Muscle Ridge Islands in July 2016.

Maine’s coastal waters are unhealthy from carbon, acidity. Are seaweed gardens the answer?

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 06, 2017, at 6:14 a.m.
A new study from Bigelow Laboratory for Marine Sciences in Boothbay indicates growing and harvesting seaweed may be an antidote for increasing carbon and acidity levels in the ocean, which is harming a variety of marine life.
Christopher J. Kidder

Vandal who torched Ellsworth homestead, injuring firefighter, gets 3 years

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 03, 2017, at 5:47 p.m.
A man who set fire to a homestead at a bird sanctuary three years ago has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty this week to multiple charges.

Blue Hill woman dies in car crash

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 01, 2017, at 4:49 p.m.
Sara Wardamasky, 53, died at the scene of the crash on Route 15 in Sedgwick.