Public meeting planned on striped bass harvest

The Maine Department of Marine Resources will hold a public meeting next Tuesday in Yarmouth to discuss ways of reducing the striped bass harvest in 2015.

Options approved by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission include a range of bag and size limits that would result in harvest reductions of between 26 percent and 31 percent. After getting public input, state officials will bring a preferred option out for public hearings in January.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is taking action in response to a 2013 survey that indicated the stock is in decline.

The meeting, which will be attended by Commissioner Patrick Keliher, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Yarmouth Log Cabin at 196 Main St.


PROBATION REVOKED: A judge in Las Vegas revoked probation for War Machine, a former mixed martial arts fighter, on a prior felony conviction while he awaits trial on charges that could get him life without parole for allegedly trying to kill his porn actress former girlfriend and her friend.

Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver’s lawyer, Brandon Sua, said Koppenhaver doesn’t dispute leaving Nevada without permission before his August arrest at a hotel in the Los Angeles suburb of Simi Valley.


MLS: Commissioner Don Garber said the league isn’t performing as hoped financially and its franchises are combining to lose more than $100 million annually.

Garber attributed losses to player acquisitions, stadiums and spending on league infrastructure. The update about the league’s finances came with the MLS and its players’ union beginning negotiations on a collective bargaining agreement.

PREMIER LEAGUE: Manchester United relied on a fortunate winning goal from Juan Mata and a breathtaking double save from David de Gea in injury time at home to beat Stoke 2-1 and secure a fourth straight league victory.


AMERICA’S CUP: Organizers announced that Bermuda beat San Diego for the right to host the 2017 regatta.

The decision was made two weeks ago by Larry Ellison of Oracle Corp. after consulting with Russell Coutts, the CEO of Oracle Team USA and director of the America’s Cup Event Authority.


IDITAROD: Officials with Alaska’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race announced a $50,000 bump in the overall purse next year,with the winner getting the bulk of it.

The winner will receive $70,000, the largest payout ever in the race.


2016 GAMES: Brazil’s Tourism Ministry removed from its Instagram feed a photomontage that pictures the Rio de Janeiro bay where sailing events will take place as a tropical paradise – a far cry from the reality of its brackish, sewage-filled waters.


INDYCAR: Standing starts, which were popular with fans but poorly executed by driver, will no longer be used.

They were used at four venues last season. But the Grand Prix of Indianapolis was marred when pole-sitter Sebastian Saavedra stalled, and debris from the resulting three-car accident struck the Indianapolis mayor.