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Meet the 23-Year-Old Lobsterwoman Paying off College Loans by Living the Dream in Maine


Photo: Charlotte Wilder/

“One thing I like about being a girl out here is that they can’t pay me less than a guy,” 23-year-old Maine lobster boat captain Sadie Samuels told “They just can’t. There’s a price per pound, and fuel costs the same whether you’re a guy or a girl.”

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The Shark-Tagging Pageant Queen: How A Former Miss Maine, USA Contestant Is Helping NOAA Tag Sharks


Butler travels between Florida and Nantucket catching and tagging sharks. She only learned to fish in 2014, she says, but she’s already caught 30 sharks this year. Photo: Caters News Agency.

21-year-old Marisa Butler, a former Miss Maine, USA contestant has given up the glitz and glam of beauty queen life (whatever that may constitute in Maine), and is now working with NOAA in hopes of contributing to the tagging of 100 sharks by the end of the year. How? By hooking them in the surf and bringing them up the beach with her hands, of course, the only way a woman from Maine would. Mon dieu.

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The Canadian-American War Over Two Tiny, Treeless Maritime Islands

1942 Eric Aldwinckle and Albert E. Cloutier. Lick them over there

Image: Wikimedia Commons.

Lobstermen are a brutish breed; I say this only because I grew up amongst them. Even at 12 and 13 years of age while fishing in my small skiff, Blues Dory, I had horrific confrontations with them. Guns were drawn, expletives were shouted. All at a young boy quietly fishing in his little open skiff.

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Above: The American, true, northern, or Maine lobster (Homarus americanus), depending on whom you ask. Others just call it Maritime gold. Photo: Santa Barbara Fish Market.

It’s a precious commodity those men spend their lives chasing, and they’ll guard their traps and their catch to the bitter end.

Above: Machias Seal Rock, one of two disputed islands between the Gulf of Maine (USA) and New Brunswick (CA), upon which only Canada has staked its flag. Photo: Fred J. Field/CP.

A pair of islands in what is called “the gray area” between the United States and Canada are more or less barren, arid low-lying protrusions from the sea–rocks, really. One, called North Rock, is home to a gray seal colony. The other, Machias Seal Rock, is a puffin sanctuary and Canada’s (or so they claim) last manned lighthouse. It’s also only .1 square kilometers and uninhabitable, for all intents and purposes. So why has a battle between The United States and Canada continued to quietly ensue since, well, The American Revolution?

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This Time-Lapse Video Captures the Spirit and Solitude of ‘Down East’, Maine

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Screenshot from Tate Yoder’s YouTube film.

‘Down East’ Maine might be considered ‘Up North’ for most of the United States but it is a beloved coastal corner of the world that extends from Penobscot Bay to the Canadian border, in its narrowest sense.

According to Down East, The Magazine of Maine the origin of the term in New England began in Boston. “When ships sailed from Boston to ports in Maine (which were to the east of Boston), the wind was at their backs, so they were sailing downwind, hence the term ‘Down East.’ And it follows that when they returned to Boston they were sailing upwind; many Mainers still speak of going ‘up to Boston,’ despite the fact that the city lies approximately 50 miles to the south of Maine’s southern border.

Down East reader Tate Yoder shot footage over a range of areas, times, days, and parts of the year to put together this time-lapse video of the Down East region.

Film by Tate Yoder.

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Where Have All the Cod Gone?


Art by Tim Lane for The New York Times. 

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — IN November, regulators from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration shut down recreational and commercial cod fishing in the Gulf of Maine, that enchanting arm of the coastal sea stretching east-northeast from Cape Cod. They did not have much choice: Federal law requires action to rebuild fish stocks when they are depleted, and recent surveys revealed cod populations to be at record lows, despite decades of regulations intended to restore them.

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Quilts of the Coast: An Artist’s Interpretation of our Rapidly Changing Shorelines


Feature quilt: Penobscot Bay, Maine – The Coastal Quilt Project

We love our coasts. Over 39% of the U.S. population lives in counties along our shorelines. In fact, close to 50% of the world lives within 125 miles of the coast. We depend on our coasts, but they are changing and dynamic. In some cases the change is due to natural causes, but in others, due to faulty coastal management, rapid development and climate change.

In an effort to capture a snapshot of what our coastlines look like today, the Brooklyn, NY-based Haptic Lab has launched The Coastal Quilts Project. The goal is to use quilts as generational and heirloom objects to inspire protection of these special places, while serving as a memento of what once was.

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Wish You Were Here: Hạ Long Bay, Vietnam


“A rock wonder in the sky” is how 14th century poet and Confuscian scholar Nguyễn Trãi described the over 2000 islands sprinkled throughout Vietnam’s Hạ Long Bay. With mist cloaking the majestic limestone mountains, you can feel the ancient history of the Bay and its 500 million years of geological transformations. Located in northeast Vietnam close to the border with China, Hạ Long Bay has served as a shelter against not only enemy combatants but also shelter from the elements, storm surges and tsunamis.

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Two Ghostly White Lobsters Landed in a Week in Maine


Albino lobsters — the rarest of all the crustacean’s color mutations — are believed to be about one in 100 million.

So, what are the odds of two midcoast lobstermen catching two albino lobsters within a week for the same lobster pound?.

Read More at the Portland Press Herald…