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BAR HARBOR, Maine — Fishing managers will reach out to the industry before a proposal that seeks to rebuild the southern New England lobster population is sent out for public comment.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission decided Thursday that it was best to take the additional step before potentially releasing the plan to the public in February. The commission has been working on fishing management measures to preserve the lobsters.

More than half of the current workforce at the Maine Military Authority in Limestone has been laid off after state officials and the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority failed to reach agreement on a compromise that would allow MMA employees to continue refurbishing 21 remaining buses.

MMA authorities continue to refuse to discuss the details of the proposed compromise, which union officials say is unlikely to encourage state workers to remain the in the area for possible recall.

PORTLAND, Maine - A scientific committee says Maine's shuttered cold water shrimp fishery should stay shut down for at least another year.

The shrimp fishery has been shuttered since the end of 2013 because of low populations. Scientists say warming ocean temperatures off New England are inhospitable for the shrimp.

BAR HARBOR, Maine - Interstate fishing regulators have decided to raise the amount of menhaden that fishermen can catch along the coast by to use as bait more than 6 percent.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission made the decision on Wednesday. Fishermen will be allowed to catch 200,000 metric tons of the little fish during the 2017 fishing year.

Menhaden are an important source of bait for commercial fishermen and they are also a critical piece of the ocean's food web. They are also used to make dietary supplements.

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A coalition of nonprofits, business owners and ski lovers is pushing to create a community cooperative to buy and reopen the shuttered Saddleback ski area. But there may be some other potential buyers on the horizon.

The energized coalition turned out for a Portland press conference announcing that after months of mystery about the resort’s future, a verbal deal had been struck that could get it back on track. The president of the newly minted Saddleback Mountain Foundation, Peter Stein, says the group will pay a total of $6 million, plus royalties, for the shuttered resort.

Central Maine Power company customers could save some $56 million over the next three years, thanks to the retirement of some long-term expenses.

They’re called stranded costs and assets, items such as long-term power contracts that cost more than current market rates or costs associated with the mothballing of the Maine Yankee nuclear power plant. And there are some benefits too, from a long-term, low-cost Hydro-Quebec energy contract that CMP can resell, on customers’ behalf, for a profit.

PORTLAND, Maine — Officials in Portland say they plan to pursue looser regulations for short-term rentals in the city.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the City Council’s Housing Committee agreed in principle Wednesday with a framework that would allow people to rent out their private homes and operate short-term rentals in apartment buildings.

The commercial value of farmed Maine mollusks could quadruple over the next 15 years. That’s the conclusion of a market survey sponsored by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Last year, sales of Maine shellfish grown by aquaculture were worth around $6 million. The new report puts that in national perspective: Despite its dominance in the American market for wild-caught lobster, the state supplies only about 1 percent of the nation’s farmed shellfish.

It says that with some investment and marketing, sales of Maine-grown shellfish should reach $30 million.

PORTLAND, Maine - A marketing report released by a marine science institute finds that Maine's shellfish aquaculture industry is in a position to grow in value by a factor of more than four in the coming years.

Gulf of Maine Research Institute released the report on Wednesday. It states that Maine's aquaculture industry currently provides about $6.5 million in value and has the opportunity to grow to more $30 million by 2030.

Sixteen of Maine’s biggest manufacturers, from Verso Paper to Jackson Laboratories, are in line to get millions of dollars from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI. The payments are seen by some as equitable payback for the millions the companies have shelled out for the cap and trade program.

Interstate fishing regulators who want to get a firmer handle on how many horseshoe crabs die as part of their harvest for biomedical use are meeting this week to discuss the issue.

The crabs are harvested for their blue blood, which is used to make sure medical products aren't contaminated. Their blood contains a chemical that can be used to detect bacteria.

NEWRY, Maine — Sunday River will be without one of its ski lifts this winter.

The ski resort has notified season pass holders that the Spruce Peak Triple that failed over the summer won’t be replaced in time for the upcoming season.

An investigation cited grout failure for allowing the foundation of the top terminal to separate from the mountaintop, causing the structure to topple over. No one was hurt because it happened during the summer when the lift was not in operation.

BANGOR, Maine - As autumn produce starts hitting the shelves, Maine's cranberry harvest appears to be strong, despite fears over drought conditions.

"Might even prove to be a little bit above average size yield this year," says Charles Armstrong, a cranberry expert with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service.

For the last month, about 60 workers at the Maine Military Authority in Limestone have been mentally preparing to enter the ranks of the unemployed while the state attempts to renegotiate a bus refurbishment contract with Massachusetts. Tomorrow was supposed to be the last day on the job for two-thirds of the workforce, but the employees have received a temporary reprieve.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ A Maine Department of Labor report has found that a proportion of males considered to be in the prime of adulthood are dropping out of the state's labor force.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the report, from the department's Center for Workforce Research and Information, shows that labor force participation of men ages 25 to 54 has been declining over the past 40 years.