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Biddeford Kennebunk Wells Journal Tribune (Newspaper) - September 5, 1980, Biddeford, Maine Faff sports �?T80 edition Kennebunk Wells edition Friday Tournai by Iridine sept. 5, 1980 282-1535 324-4444 985-3118 25 cents 307 Days a Biddeford Maine York county lobster lovers have their Day lobster research making headway but has Way to go Kittery a they re a Long Way from competing with lobster men say aquaculture researchers but new and More efficient ways of raising lobsters Are being looked into. Lobsters have been grown in v6 years instead of the usual seven or eight at the laboratories of Sanders associates in Kittery says Marine biologist Emile Plante. Sanders a privately run aquaculture research Center has a team of biologists and chemists working in virtual secrecy on ways of further cutting Down on the time it takes to raise lobsters. According to Plante warmer Laboratory Waters almost eliminate the hibernation time lobsters need in the colder Ocean. In open Waters about one out of every 1,000 Young lobsters survive whereas 80 percent in Captivity live through their first 60 Days. Still Plante does no to think lobsters Ever will be grown in Laboratory conditions strictly for commercial use providing Competition for lobster men. None of the research now going on will be put to use before to or 15 years time continued Page 14, col. 2 a farm related Story photos Page 3 Byron Clarke staff writer now that the tourists have gone Home York county residents can have first crack at their lobsters again. And within the next few months the Peak months of the soft Shell a a shredders a the Story will be told As to whether this was a a Good or a a a bad year. More than 70 percent of lobsters caught in a year Are harvested Between the months of july and december with late August september and october being the Peak months says Robert Dow of the state department of Marine resources. These Are the months where lobsters moult into the Legal one Pound size and Dow expects this years catch will at least equals last years figure of 22 million. A so far its been a decent year a says Onelo Sterman. For most of the summer the demand for the lobster far outstripped the Supply and customers paid prices close to $3 a Pound during the hectic summer months a about the same As last summer a when the local catches were Small. Now prices Are taking a Post labor Day dip and lobsters at such wholesale markets As port lobster in Kennebunkport and Norwood a lobster Pound in Saco Are hovering at around the $2 Mark also about what they were last year. Retailers such As Greg Carroll of the Fletcher neck Pound in Biddeford Pool said prices Are now $2.49 per Pound but be Down even further by this weekend. The lobster which can be purchased now will be softer and More plentiful As Well As cheaper say restaurant owners. And with any Luck at All the lobsters will continue to be plentiful at least until 1983 a the year to which department of Marine resources biologists predict the warming trends in coastal Waters will continue. Because of the warming trend in coastal Waters biologists say More lobsters have been caught since 1972. When the water warms up the lobster metabolism grows More Active and the hungry lobsters Are More Likely to Chase the bait in the lobster traps. The Supply say biologists has been steadily increasing from its Low of 16,256 pounds in 1972. In 1978, for example 19.1 million lobsters were caught according to James Thomas of the state department of Marine resources. In 1979, 22.1 were trapped. Biologists also attribute the implementation of a new state Law which allows undersized lobsters to escape from traps. That reduces the cannibalism in the cages where larger lobsters eat the smaller say biologists. And damage done to the smaller lobsters when they arc tossed Back into the sea is far reduced. Lobsters which do not extend at least three and three sixteenth inches Long from the rim of the Eye socket to the end of the carapace must be released according to state Law. If the lobster Supply is increasing so is the appetite for them of tourists and other out of state markets but most local restaurant owners and Market owners say prices have not risen very much above last years. A the demand for them has been much greater this year than last year a says Jim Hobbs assistant manager at Billy a chowder House in Wells. At least 300 to 400 pounds Are sold there daily during the Busy summer months he says lobster dinners sell there for prices ranging from $6.50 to $9.95 a about 50 cents higher than they were last year he says. A business has been fantastic this year a says William Hancock Iii part owner of the Ogunquit lobster Pound on route i. Because Only to percent of the states 9,000 or so lobster men a and lobsters a Are found within the York county coastal area restaurant owners like Hancock who require Large supplies order from downcast ports which Supply the bulk of the state s lobsters. Continued Page 14, col. 6 a lobsters area residents face trial in drug raid by Doug Bailey staff writer Kennebunkport nine persons including five from Maine will face trial sept. 12 after being arrested wednesday in what authorities say could be the largest single drug bust in Massachusetts history. Meanwhile police and coast guard boats Are continuing their search for the Mother ship believed to be a 40 to 50-foot foreign motor driven Sailboat that apparently delivered almost eight urns of marijuana valued at $4.5 Idillio to Martha a Vineyard from South America. The nine people arrested wednesday remain in Dukes county jail in Edgartown mass., awaiting the posting of $50,000 Cash bail or $250,000 surety each. Local attorney Gordon Ayer who has been retained for the defense of at least one of the suspects Ronald Jacobson 37, of Kennebunkport left for Edgartown thursday. Four other Maine residents were arrested by Massachusetts and Maine state policemen at Dawn wednesday moments before the nine were allegedly about to drive four vans each loaded with Bales of High Grade colombian marijuana onto a ferry bound for Woods Hole on Cape cod. Massachusetts District attorney Phillip Rollins said the Case would be continued Page 14 col. I i a bust inside sad 71 voters will get Choice third time around by Doug Bailey staff writer Kennebunkport local voters will either be confused or elated when they go to the polls sept. 23 to once again decide the Fate of sad 71. Selectmen thursday night chose to move up the scheduled Date of a third vote that could dissolve the school District to coincide with the Date of the two town referendum on the districts $5.89 million building program. A i like the idea a said selectman Sterling Dow Iii endorsing the plan. A it will be right there for the voters to choose from. Either commit us to a 20-year debt for the new building or dissolve the but the Legal implications Over which vote would take precedent in the event both questions were approved by voters a a Likely event a Are unclear. Superintendent Leo Martin today severely criticized the boards action. A they have done the citizens of both towns a disservice a he said. A there is a Strong possibility that both questions could pass and that would cause Large Legal problems. I would Hope the voters in both towns will not become too outraged at the actions of four individuals that could deprive our children of a right to education. But the Board thursday originally rejected a move to change the Date of the dissolution vote to a Day sometime before the building referendum. Selectman Sarah Wentworth said such a move would be simply a a blatant political move a designed to frustrate the school Board. However As discussion continued it became obvious that Kennebunkport could find itself trapped in a school District that a majority of its citizens seem to want no part of. Over 60 percent of the town voters have endorsed dissolution in two previous votes but state Law requires that the questions be approved by a two thirds majority something that so far has not come to pass. A a in la Compromise and vote for this idea a Wentworth said a Only if i have the understanding that if dissolution does not pass that we put it aside and move Forward with the school District. I done to want to hear any talk of a fourth dissolution vote because we lost by six the once rejected building program for sad 71 was rescheduled for sept. 23, also the Day voters will cast ballots in a statewide nuclear Power referendum. The dissolution vote in Kennebunkport which had been set for nov. 4, could the Board Felt come too late to prevent the District from incurring debt for the new building. State Law requires that a District be debt free in order to begin dissolution procedures. Therefore the decision was made to approach voters with two seemingly contradictory questions on the same Day. Also the move was seen by some As a Way to gain political leverage in forcing a continued Page 14, col. 2 a sad 71 Ocean bound lobster Man Wayne Perkins of Cape Ned Dick hauls a few Cove Ogunquit bait wharf into open Waters. Perkins is one lobster traps on Board his boat a miss Cloudy a before he of 14 lobster men who Moor their boats in the Cove. Photo sets off on an Early morning departure from the Perkins by Richard Mei Billy Carter in Washington Story. A libyan loan strings attached p. 5 a Portland artists in weekender a kid for car no Deal p. 5 a Tri City Golf starts saturday p. 7 Journa i Kun 34 Nance Une 34 pages almanac 2 Jumble la cartoons la movies 6 classifieds 9-19w sports 7-8-9-10 county 3 television 4-8w crossword Puzzle la weddings eng. 12-13 dear Abby 6 weather 2 editorials Horoscope 4 la world Nat. 5 today a chuckle car sickness what happens when you look at the Price tags on the new models. Pair indicted by grand jury link . Senator to burglaries by Bob Saunders Sanford Bureau chief Alfred a two new Hampshire men who have linked a new Hampshire state senator to a $200,000 series of jewelry and Silver burglaries have been indicted by the York county grand jury. Named in indictments handed Down wednesday charging him with four burglaries was Todd Hanson 21, of Green Street Somersworth. William Long 23, of Dover was indicted in connection with three of the four Breaks. Both men Are in a new Hampshire jail. Meanwhile new Hampshire state sen. Robert Fennelly Dover denies that he knew items of Silver and jewelry he allegedly purchased from Hanson and Long during july and August were stolen. Sen. Fennelly the operator of Bill and bobs stores in York Beach and Dover is named As purchaser of a substantial Quantity of stolen merchandise in an affidavit based on police interviews with Long and Hanson. The affidavit was used to procure a search warrant to search the York Beach store for records and a wooden Mallet and stump which Fennelly allegedly used to Hammer Silver items into a unrecognizable in a Telephone interview with the journal Tribune late thursday morning. Fennelly at first declined comment on grounds that the Case is still under investigation. Subsequently he said Quot i be been in continued Page 14, col. 6 a indictments

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