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No Salmon Return To Canada River, Bringing New England Fears

Oct 30, 2017
Tom Moffatt / Atlantic Salmon Federation/via AP

A conservation group's discovery that no wild Atlantic salmon have returned to a key river in New Brunswick is prompting concern for the fish's population health in the U.S. and eastern Canada.

Ed Morin / Maine Public

Hundreds of thousands of Maine businesses and residents remained without power Tuesday morning after an early morning wind storm swept through the state Monday, downing trees and power lines from Berwick to Mount Desert Island.

YORK, Maine - Part of the New England herring fishery will be shut down for two weeks to allow the fish to spawn.
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission says samples from Massachusetts and New Hampshire show a high number of spawning herring in the area. That means a stretch of coast and ocean from Cape Cod to southern Maine will close from Oct. 29 to Nov. 11.
The commission says herring boats will not be able to take or possess Atlantic herring and must have all fishing gear stowed when transiting through it.

PORTLAND, Maine - Interstate fishery regulators will soon begin work on a new effort to get a handle on the population health of horseshoe crabs on the East Coast.
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission says its assessment of the horseshoe crab stock will begin this month.

Powerful rainstorms lashing northern New England are washing away fire danger, but the wind and rain also has left thousands in the dark.

Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard / via Bangor Daily News

Another dead North Atlantic right whale has been found off Cape Cod, bringing the confirmed killings of the endangered animals this year to 16.

This year is believed to be the deadliest for the whales since they were actively hunted for their oil centuries ago. Even though whaling has been banned for decades, only about 450 right whales are believed to live in the North Atlantic ocean today.

PORTLAND, Maine - Fishing regulators say they are increasing the amount that harvesters can catch of a key bait fish off the East Coast.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it is allowing about 2.2 million pounds more Atlantic herring quota in the inshore Gulf of Maine area until Dec. 31. The agency says the increase is due to an under-harvest by some fishermen in New Brunswick, Canada.

The National Weather Service says much-needed rain that's on the way will help to reduce the fire danger across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
Meteorologist Eric Schwibs in Gray, Maine, says the rain will begin on Tuesday and up to 3 inches could fall before it ends by Thursday morning.

That will help with a spate of wildfires across the region.
The U.S. Drought Monitor indicates most of northern New England is currently listed as in a moderate drought or abnormally dry. The driest conditions are on the coast of Maine.

Maine Public/file

CARIBOU, Maine - The Maine moose hunt is back open for a few days in the far northern part of the state.
The moose hunt begins in September, lasts until late November and is broken up into four stretches. The third stretch begins on Monday and lasts until Oct. 28.
It's limited mostly to four wildlife management districts that include northern Aroostook County. A district in eastern Maine that includes Grand Lake Stream and Indian Township is also open for hunting.
The state gave out 2,080 moose permits this year, 60 less than 2016.

Scientists: Big Changes Coming For Fish Crucial To Food Chain

Oct 19, 2017
Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine - Conservationists and fishing groups say big changes potentially coming to the management of a tiny fish could have huge implications for the ocean ecosystem and marine industries on the East Coast.
Interstate regulators are considering altering the way they manage menhaden, including reducing the amount of the fish that can be caught by commercial fishermen.
The schooling fish are used in products such as fish oil supplements. U.S. fishermen catch more than a billion pounds of menhaden each year.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Peak foliage conditions are arriving in parts of Maine.
The state Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says central and coastal Maine are between 70 and 100 percent color change, while far northern Maine is arriving at "past peak'' conditions.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

Wednesday marks the 45th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, the landmark law authored by U.S. Sen. Edmund Muskie of Maine, who was inspired by the Androscoggin and other rivers that were being treated as open sewers.

Along the Androscoggin there were more than half a dozen paper mills dumping untreated waste into the water. Toxic fumes peeled the paint off buildings, the stench was unbearable and fish and wildlife couldn’t survive.

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PORTLAND, Maine - Federal ocean managers say a popular species of New England food fish is overfished, and conservation measures are needed to rebuild its population.
The National Marine Fisheries Service says the Northwestern Atlantic witch flounder stock is overfished, and the status of whether overfishing is still occurring is unknown.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press/file

Several hundred Midcoast Maine residents have signed a petition opposing the planned Maine Aqua Ventus wind power project off Monhegan Island.