NEWS

November 23, 2018

Bucksport has dozens of ideas to consider for revitalizing its mill site

"The owner of Bucksport’s former Verso Paper mill site has collected dozens of ideas for turning the site into the economic engine it once was."

October 24, 2018

Maine Maritime plans training center for 2,400 at Bucksport mill site

"Maine Maritime Academy wants to create an education center in Bucksport that could eventually train 2,400 students and professional mariners each year.

MMA officials are negotiating to buy a two-story brick building at the former Verso paper mill site and turn it into the Center for Professional Mariner Development. Planned as an annex to the school's campus in Castine, the center would train academy students; help mariners maintain required certifications; and train firefighters, offshore wind and oil-rig workers in fire safety and water rescue."

October 11, 2018

Governor Hopefuls Discuss Marine Economy

"Candidates for governor fielded questions about the regulation, promotion, protection and future of Maine’s seafood industry at an October 4 forum in Rockland that spanned topics from working waterfronts and right whales to renewable energy and climate change."

October 06, 2018

5-year study shows Maine bald eagle population continues steady growth

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September 16, 2018

Folks paddle down the Penobscot River to support cancer research

"Raising awareness and money for cancer research here in Maine. 
 

That was the driving force behind the inaugural EMMC Champion the Cure Challenge Paddle Event.
 

Nearly 130 paddlers took to the Penobscot River at their own pace. They participated in a 3 or 1 and a half mile trek."

September 05, 2018

Brewer Land Trust announces 2nd Annual Brewer Land Trust Day

"The Brewer Land Trust is proud to announce the 2nd Annual Brewer Land Trust Day will be held Sunday, Sept. 9 on the Brewer Riverwalk. From 12-3:30 p.m. community members and local businesses can come together to bring awareness to outdoor activities and the nonprofit Brewer Land Trust."

August 26, 2018

Balmy breezes lift a lively American Folk Festival weekend

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August 21, 2018

These Maine paddlers plan to build a 100-mile network of campsites on the Penobscot River

"River-watchers who glanced out at the Penobscot River on Saturday may have seen an odd-looking craft float past: a 12-foot table lashed to a pair of canoes.
 

Volunteers for the Penobscot River Paddling Trail paddled the makeshift catamaran from a landing in Orono to a riverfront campsite-under-construction on land owned by the Penobscot Valley Country Club.

 

It’s part of the group’s effort to create a network of campsites that will stretch 100 miles from Medway to Bucksport."

August 15, 2018

‘Shadman’ coming to Veazie Salmon Club for Thursday presentation

"Fisherman John Punola — also known as The Shadman — will present a program designed to educate Bangor-area anglers on the joys of shad angling Thursday.
 

Punola will speak at Veazie Salmon Club at 6 p.m., and a social hour with refreshments begins at 5 p.m. Punola has been shad fishing in northeastern waters for years, and will help area anglers learn more about shad biology and fishing techniques during his presentation. Since the removal of a pair of dams on the Penobscot River in recent years, a sizeable shad run has begun showing up in the river, and anglers have begun targeting them."

May 31, 2018

8th graders paddle the Penobscot

"Middle school students had a chance to drop in their oars and paddle the Penobscot River Thursday morning.


Around 60 eighth graders from Reeds Brook Middle School teamed up with the Penobscot River Keepers to get some canoeing lessons at the Penobscot Salmon Club."

May 30, 2018

WATCH: Conservation Projects Have Let ‘Astounding’ Number of Alewives Return To Maine Rivers

"Alewives, or river herring, are making their usual spawning migration to Maine in unusually high numbers this year, thanks in part to restoration efforts and the removal of dams on the Penobscot and Kennebec Rivers."

May 21, 2018

Brewer Riverwalk to stretch almost a mile by October

"The Brewer Riverwalk along the Penobscot River is slated to double in length this summer, stretching almost an additional half-mile from the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge up to Veteran’s Park."

May 19, 2018

Follow the Alewives – Guided Paddle

"Follow the Alewives by canoe on their way to their spawning ground – Pushaw Lake."

May 10, 2018

Nordic Aquafarms on track to start construction of land-based salmon farm in Belfast next year

"Nordic Aquafarms has completed nearly all of its due diligence on the 40-acre site in Belfast where it plans to build a state-of-the-art land-based salmon farm."

May 10, 2018

How the world's second largest indoor salmon farm could take shape in Maine

"You might have to squint through the trees to spot the world’s second largest salmon farm in Belfast, according to computer renderings unveiled Wednesday."

April 27, 2018

Longtime members say Veazie Salmon Club will change focus, remain open

"Three weeks ago, the Veazie Salmon Club — one of three salmon clubs on the Bangor-to-Orono stretch of the Penobscot River — seemed on the brink of collapse. Frustrated members Gayland Hachey and Claude Westfall cited a membership base that was literally dying off, along with years of disinterest, as they explained that they’d keep paying bills as long as the money in the bank account held up, then turn the club building over to the town of Veazie when it ran out."

March 06, 2018

Maine Sea Grant Program names new director

"Gayle Zydlewski, an associate professor in the University of Maine School of Marine Sciences, has been named director of the Maine Sea Grant College Program, effective July 1."

February 27, 2018

Company To Build Salmon Farm At Site Of Shuttered Verso Paper Mill

"The site of the former Verso Paper Co. in Bucksport, which shut its doors four years ago, will be home to an entirely new business. Whole Oceans has reached an agreement to acquire more than 120 acres of the site and build a $250 million land-based salmon farm."

February 22, 2018

Maine lands second major salmon farm, this time at shuttered paper mill

"Maine suddenly finds itself at the heart of a fledgling U.S. industry, as a second company pushes to build a huge land-based aquafarm to feed a growing appetite for Atlantic salmon."

February 07, 2018

Bangor’s Kenduskeag Stream Trail to get improvements, safety upgrades

"Long-awaited improvements to the Kenduskeag Stream Trail in Bangor are expected to be completed this summer, funded by a $18,000 grant recently awarded to the city by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands Recreational Trails Program."

December 31, 2017

Penobscot makes 2017 a banner year for alewives

"Snow and ice may choke the streams flowing from Wight’s Pond and Pierce’s Pond at the start of the new year, but the coming of spring will return flowage from the ponds and, thanks to a pair of projects this past fall, both ponds will be available as spawning grounds for alewives."

December 04, 2017

840 Atlantic salmon counted on the Penobscot this year

"River-watchers saw a small uptick in the number of Atlantic salmon that returned to the Penobscot River this year."

July 19, 2017

The Ellsworth American: New fishways to improve historic alewife runs

"A stroke of the pen last week brought to fruition more than two years of effort to restore the alewife resource in the Bagaduce River watershed."

April 20, 2017

The Free Press: Searsport Dredging and Port Upgrade on MDOT Plan for 2018

"A $3 million dredging project and a $6.4 million upgrade to the port of Searsport are on the Maine Department of Transportation work plan for 2018 and 2019."

December 08, 2016

Castine Patriot: Fish passage restoration under way

"The Town of Penobscot Alewife Committee and Maine Coast Heritage Trust will hold a public informational meeting at the Penobscot Community School on Tuesday, December 13, at 6 p.m. to talk about projects under way aimed at restoring spawning fish populations in two local streams."

September 28, 2016

Bangor Daily News: Belfast locals float effort to ban plastic bags

"To the naked eye, the waters of Blue Hill and Penobscot bays appear pristine, blue and beautiful - a focal point for both residents and tourists who depend on the bays as a place to earn their livelihood or relax."

August 16, 2016

WABI: Penobscot River Fest

"The Penobscot River Fest is a community and regional three day event with food, activities (especially for the kids), speakers, authors/book signings, demonstrations, seminars, vendors and informational kiosks."

June 18, 2016

Bangor Daily News: Why the Penobscot River’s revitalization is just beginning

"Last week, the last piece of a years-long project to return much of the Penobscot River to a free-flowing waterway was completed with the opening of a bypass around the Howland Dam."

September 27, 2015

Portland Press Herald: Two years after dams’ removal, Penobscot River flourishes

"For nearly four decades, Barbara Wilson could watch from her deck as the waters of the Penobscot River cascaded over the 30-foot dam affectionately dubbed “Grammy’s waterfall” by a grandchild."

July 19, 2015

Bangor Daily News: National paddling event to celebrate Penobscots’ connection to river

"Expect to hear resonating drum beats mixed with traditional Wabanaki songs and dance during Wednesday’s opening ceremony for the Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta, hosted by the Penobscot Indian Nation."

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