Author Archives: Bebe Moulton

Green Crabs as Lobster Bait

Green crabs are being used in Nova Scotia as an alternative bait for lobsters. Fisherman are catching the crabs in specially designed traps and selling to lobstermen at a lower cost than other bait. To learn more, please follow this link.      

Cashes Ledge Deserves Protection

Bottom trawling and scalloping have been banned for more than a decade, but the New England Fishery Management Council recently voted to reverse these safeguards. Please follow the link to read more about this resource and support the efforts to protect Cashes Ledge. Join the petition to protect Cashes Ledge:      Continue Reading

Mercury levels close mouth of the Penobscot to fishing

Fishing and lobstering are banned in the mouth of the river as of February 22.  High levels of methyl mercury found in lobster and crabs are the reason, according to the DMR.  The contamination is related to the HoltraChem plant which operated in Orrington between 1967 and 1982.  The DMR is confident that mercury levels outsideContinue Reading

DMR Sends Rockweed Proposal to Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources

This new proposal would include rockweed harvesting in all of Maine.  At this time, only Cobscook Bay is regulated.  Included in the proposal are a 16 inch minimum cutting height above the attachment area; establishment of sectors giving harvesters exclusive rights; harvest to be limited to 17% of the biomass annually. To read the fullContinue Reading