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Bill Trotter

About Bill Trotter

A news reporter in coastal Maine for more than 15 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 Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park, Hancock County, fisheries, marine-related topics and more for the BDN. Follow him on Twitter at @billtrotter.

Three exceptional lives on one small island

As I indicated in a story I wrote recently about Ashley Bryan, I have pretty close personal ties to Islesford, Maine, a community on Little Cranberry Island, which is about a mile and a half off the southeastern shore of Mount Desert Island. Islesford is a year-round community that sees its population swell significantly in the summer, […]

Maine fisherman on ‘Deadliest Catch’

PHOTO: Jonathan McDaniel (at right), a fisherman from Gorham, Maine, stands next to Time Bandit Capt. Jonathan Hillstrand last month in Alaska. McDaniel is a crew member on Hillstrand’s crab fishing boat while it is being filmed for Season 11 of the popular Discovery Channel television show ‘Deadliest Catch.’ Photo by Clint Pickarsky of Soldotna, […]

New mansion taking shape in Bar Harbor

Where La Selva once stood, a new mansion is on the rise. La Selva was an 8,600 square-foot grand cottage built in 1890 along a section of shore in Bar Harbor once known as ‘Millionaire’s Row.’ It had a colorful history, having seasonally housed an Astor and later functioned as a French-language immersion school, but it fell on hard […]

Cod forsaking the Gulf of Maine

The prospects for restoring the cod population in the Gulf of Maine to a commercially sustainable level seem to be getting even more dismal than before. Last month, scientists with the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, Mass., announced that their latest population assessment update paints a “grim picture” for the future of the […]

Saving Lobster ‘Clawdia’

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration photo More than once, I’ve heard a lobster fisherman refer to himself as a ‘crustacean relocation technician.’ It is meant as a joking way to describe how fishermen catch large amounts of lobster in traps and then bring them ashore. On occasion, but not often, you hear about efforts to […]

Banner year for Acadia falcons

Peregrine falcon chicks near the Precipice Trail in 2008 (ANP photo) I have an update for an article I wrote last week about peregrine falcon chicks fledging this year in Acadia National Park. When I wrote the story, I had emailed park staff and, after some back and forth, got the information I sought. Seven […]