All posts by Bill Trotter

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.

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 […]

Power outage planned in Bar Harbor

The power is going to go out again early Wednesday, but this time it is a planned outage by Emera Maine. The electrical distribution company indicated in a release issued Tuesday that the outage will enable Emera crews to repair a transmission line that was damaged by a tree limb when Tropical Storm Arthur blew […]

Hancock County primary results

With 88 percent of polling precincts reporting their primary election results, It looks like Scott Kane may become the next sheriff of Hancock County. J ust before midnight, Kane led fellow Republican Alan Brown (and fellow current officer in the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department) by 176 votes, enough to give him an edge of more than a […]

Bar Harbor New Biz

Every spring, new retail businesses open up in downtown Bar Harbor in places where old ones used to be. While many businesses last decades or more, there is a lot of changeover from one year to the next and trying to keep track of it and document it all would suck up an enormous amount […]