In order to allow Maine’s smelt fishery to recover from a decline in abundance in the southern half of the coast, the Maine Department of Marine Resources has announced the closure of the state’s spring smelt fishery from Stonington to the New Hampshire border, beginning March 14.
“This closure will impact those who dip smelts in our coastal tributaries for recreational purposes,” said Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher. “Smelt are particularly vulnerable at this time as they move into these areas to spawn. What few smelt camps that remain on the Kennebec and its tributaries will be exempt from this closure.”
Implemented through emergency rulemaking, the closure will last 90 days, which covers the spring spawning runs. “Based on our on-going surveys of the fishery, we will decide on management actions for next year,” said Keliher.
A man convicted of manslaughter for the death of his girlfriend received his sentence Tuesday. 51 year old David Coon was ordered to serve 10 years of an 18 year sentence for the death of 49 year old Sherry Clifford. Coon told authorities the two got into an argument inside their Jefferson street apartment on May third and that Clifford freaked out and started attacking him. He says he pinned her to the floor and that he covered her mouth to quiet her. The medical examiner testified that she died from asphyxiation and that she had been choked. Coon had originally been charged with murder, but reached a plea agreement with prosecutors.
MONTICELLO - A Houlton man is in jail after police say he hit a car while passing it on Route 1 in Monticello, and then fled the scene.