By the late 1960s, gray seals in New England were confined to a handful of isolated colonies. Seeing one was rare, akin to spotting one of the other now-recovered species, such as bald eagles or osprey. Their rescue was the result of the 1972 Marine Mammal Protection Act, and today, Penobscot Bay’s Seal Island is home to one of the East Coast’s largest colonies.
Boatbuilder Lyman-Morse has undertaken a number of new initiatives that are helping the company thrive. The projects include buying Wayfarer Marine in Camden, building a new hotel in Rockland, and building two prototype powerboats for Bertram Yachts.
O’Hara Corporation is a classic example of a family-owned company thriving in a world of faceless multinational corporations. Headquartered in nondescript buildings on the Rockland, Maine, waterfront, the company’s seafood business reaches around the world.