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Bill Trotter

About Bill Trotter

A news reporter in coastal Maine for 20 years, Bill Trotter keeps track of how the Atlantic Ocean and the state's iconic coast shape the lives, lifestyles and livelihoods of coastal Maine residents and visitors. A resident of Ellsworth, Bill covers Acadia National Park, Hancock County, fisheries, marine-related topics and more for the BDN. Follow him on Twitter at @billtrotter.

Elver fishermen getting higher prices this year (so far)

Three weeks into Maine’s elver fishing season, the annual springtime fishery has been generating about $900,000 in income each week for the state’s licensed elver fishermen. With about 1,000 Maine residents holding elver licenses, including members of the state’s four Indian tribes, fishermen have on average been earning about $900 per week. According to Maine Department […]

These are the 4 most pressing marine management issues in the Gulf of Maine

For people prone to the lure of the ocean and who enjoy communing with other marine-minded people, there aren’t many gatherings anywhere as engaging as the annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum in Rockport. The forum, held each year at the Samoset Resort, offers a wide variety of topical sessions for the hundreds of people who attend — fishermen […]

‘Alt’ NPS campaign spreads to federal Maine properties

What started as a few (but now-deleted) tweets from the official Twitter account of Badlands National Park has turned into a nationwide online campaign that has spread into eastern and northern Maine. Scores of “alt” — or alternative — social media accounts pegged to various federal agencies have been multiplying over the past several days in opposition […]

Canadian officials trying to determine what killed thousands of fish in Nova Scotia

DFO C&P also patrolled other beaches finding lots of dead herring, blue and red mussels & starfish; however, no lobster/other invertebrates pic.twitter.com/u5E7nlZsQn — DFO Maritimes (@DFO_MAR) December 29, 2016 Scientists investigating the deaths of thousands of marine creatures that have washed up on beaches of Nova Scotia on the eastern side of the Gulf of Maine […]

Maine woman starts viral celebration of Clinton’s wardrobe

Known as a place where rugged plaid shirts, Carhartt pants and the fashion-challenged (but much loved) L.L. Bean boot dominate the state’s signature wardrobe, Maine seems like an unlikely to a place to launch a national celebration of the women’s professional pantsuit. But a ‘secret’ invite-only Facebook page dedicated to Hillary Clinton and her wardrobe of […]