• climate change July 27, 2022 6:03 pm

    Climate 2022: Protecting Puffins Along Maine's Coast

    Each summer researchers nest alongside the sea birds on an isolated island 45 minutes by boat off midcoast Maine, on Eastern Egg Rock, to try to learn more about our environment and changing climate.

  • climate change July 29, 2022 2:11 pm

    ‘Micropuffins': How a Heat Wave Hurt the Puffins Living Off Maine

    In 2021, a number of Maine’s beloved puffins did not grow to normal size and starved because of a lack of certain food. Last summer, the Gulf of Maine, which surrounds many of the remote rocks and islands off of Maine’s coast where puffins nest, broke yet another average temperature record and experienced a marine heat wave. The typical...

  • climate 2022 May 31, 2022 6:57 pm

    Researchers Hope to See More Puffin Chicks in Maine This Summer

    In Maine, researchers are seeing puffins begin to arrive at islands after what they call an “unsettling” year in 2021. According to Dr. Donald Lyons, director of conservation science for the National Audubon Society’s Seabird Institute, only a quarter of puffin parents studied by Project Puffin last summer were able to raise chicks that could leave the islands they hatched…

  • climate 2022 April 22, 2022 8:40 pm

    Alarming Number of Sea Turtles Washing Up on Cape Cod Bay

    Rising sea temperatures are to blame.

  • climate 2022 May 20, 2022 3:56 pm

    More Endangered Right Whales Are Leaving New England for Canada

    Local researchers are studying why North Atlantic right whales are migrating out of our area into more northern waters in Canada. Some believe rapidly warming waters in the Gulf of Maine could be playing a role, but they’re just not sure how. The North Atlantic right whale is one of the most critically endangered animals on the planet. Researchers...

  • climate change March 31, 2022 6:39 pm

    Gulf of Maine Temperatures Continue to Rise

    A stark record was set last year in the Gulf of Maine, which is already one of the fastest warming ocean bodies in the world. According to new data released this week by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, 2021 was its warmest year observed to date, with an average temperature of 54.14 degrees Fahrenheit. “My first reaction was well…

  • climate change March 31, 2022 6:31 pm

    Gulf of Maine Temperatures Continue to Rise

    Already one of the fastest warming ocean bodies in the world, 2021 was the Gulf of Maine’s warmest year observed to date.

  • Gulf of Maine March 28, 2022 10:20 am

    Researchers: Fast-Warming Gulf of Maine Set Record in 2021

    The Gulf of Maine, one of the world’s fastest-warming ocean waters, set a new record for surface temperatures last year, researchers said Monday. The surface temperature in 2021 topped the previous record in 2012 and was more than 4 degrees Fahrenheit above the long-term average, according to scientists at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland. The 2021 average…

  • Lobster fishing December 2, 2021 1:06 pm

    Maine Lobster Fishers Ask Supreme Court to Stop Rules to Help Whales

    Members of the Maine lobster fishing industry are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block new fishing restrictions designed to protect a rare species of whale. The rules, designed to protect North Atlantic right whales, have been the subject of court action in recent weeks. New rules make an approximately 950-square-mile area of the Gulf of Maine essentially off...

  • noaa November 18, 2021 2:23 pm

    Lobstermen Must Start Removing Fishing Gear to Save Whales, Feds Say

    Lobster fishermen off the Maine coast must begin to remove gear from a new protected area intended to help whales, the federal government said. New rules make an approximately 950-square-mile area of the Gulf of Maine essentially off limits to lobster fishing from October to January. A federal appeals court ruled this week that the ban is enforceable, despite legal…

  • Maine November 15, 2021 8:37 pm

    Union Wharf Sold, But Not to Highest Bidder

    A Portland wharf that has been family-owned for generations has found a buyer.

  • Maine November 15, 2021 8:38 pm

    Family Ensures Historic Portland, Maine Property Remains in Good Hands

    A piece of history in Portland, Maine will soon change hands, but unlike a number of recent real estate transactions in the Pine Tree State, is not being sold to highest bidder. For roughly 200 years, the Poole family and its ancestors have owned Union Wharf off of Portland’s Commercial Street. But according to Charlie Poole, one of its co-owners,…

  • wildlife October 15, 2021 12:27 pm

    Nothing Funny About Bad Year for Maine's Clownish Puffins

    Maine’s beloved puffins suffered one of their worst years for reproduction in decades this summer due to a lack of the small fish they eat. Puffins are seabirds with colorful beaks that nest on four small islands off the coast of Maine. There are about 1,500 breeding pairs in the state and they are dependent on fish such as herring…

  • Maine July 7, 2021 5:33 am

    New Tool to Help Maine Shark Spotters Confirm What They Saw

    Maine officials have launched a new tool to help people who believe they spotted a white shark find out if it was indeed the big fish. The Maine Department of Marine Resources has added the online tool to its website. It’s a form that allows shark spotters to upload photos and videos and submit a description of what they...

  • environment June 22, 2021 1:49 pm

    New Coral Protections Coming to Areas Off New England

    Federal regulators have signed off on new protections for thousands of square miles of deep-sea corals off New England. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday it has approved a final rule that designates the coral protection areas on Georges Bank and in the Gulf of Maine. The largest of the underwater areas is called the Georges Bank Deep-Sea…

  • lobster growth July 13, 2020 6:24 pm

    Microplastics Are Harming Growth of Maine Lobsters: Study

    A new study from a Maine marine research laboratory has found that microplastics in the sea can impact the growth of lobsters. Researchers at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in Boothbay say the growth of lobsters is negatively impacted when they ingest microplastics, defined by scientists as plastic particles five millimeters or smaller. According to Dr. Patricia Matrai, a…

  • microplastics July 13, 2020 5:03 pm

    Study Finds Microplastics Are Harming Maine Lobsters

    A new study from a Maine laboratory has found that microplastics in the sea can impact the growth of lobsters.

  • Maine May 27, 2020 10:43 am

    ‘Startlingly Large' Jellyfish Washes Up on Maine Beach

    A large jellyfish was found on the shore on Peaks Island, Maine, over the weekend that measured in at a whopping five feet — something that researchers say would have been all but impossible in the state until just a few years ago. The family that found it was astounded at how big the creature was. “We put all three…

  • Massachusetts November 29, 2019 12:27 am

    Strong Wind Keeps Temps Low, Causes Power Outages

    The storm that brought us rain and thunder, and some Thanksgiving snow for the ski areas, Wednesday night and early this morning is now strengthening and slowing down east of New England. Recall last year— it was one of the snowiest and coldest Thanksgiving days on record. Although it won’t be as bad this year, it is chilly outside for...

  • Georgetown October 27, 2019 6:04 pm

    Environmentalists Propose Mainers Farm Quahogs to Beat Pests

    Few things are as embedded in Maine’s culture — or its mud — as clams, and an environmental group thinks the key to saving the shellfish might be growing a different kind of bivalve along the state’s coast. Manomet, based in Plymouth, Massachusetts, is proposing the shellfish shift as a way to beat predators that plague Maine’s clam diggers.

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