Marine Patrol

  • Agency: Marine Patrol
  • Address: Main Office - 32 Blossom Ln, Augusta, 04333 ME
  • Chief:
Phone: (207) 624-6571

Marine Patrol is located at Main Office - 32 Blossom Ln, Augusta, 04333 ME. The Marine Patrol phone number is (207) 624-6571.

Marine Patrol News

Unity college intern, Brianna Sullivan, is shown with Marine Patrol Officer Jason Leavitt recently as she completed her internship by helping to v-notch and release almost 400lbs of egg bearing lobsters aboard the patrol vessel Maine. Marine Patrol has been offering College students with an interest in conservation law enforcement a chance to earn college credit while job shadowing in the field. Accepted students get a chance to see the job first hand in the field with officers around the state. The goal of the program is to spread the word about careers in Marine Patrol, and hopefully produce quality candidates for the job. We wish Brianna the best as she plans to graduate from Unity soon, and continue to work towards a career in conservation law enforcement.

The Maine Marine Patrol launched the newest asset in its fleet today, a high performance, 31-foot vessel designed for fisheries and recreational boating enforcement, and maritime security. FMI

Comfort and safety are critical when you do the tough, sometimes dangerous work of a Maine Marine Patrol Officer. With a grant from the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund, the Maine Marine Patrol has acquired 15 waterproof, breathable dry suits to replace bulkier survival suits. The new suits provide all-day comfort and protection from the elements, and reduce the potential for serious injury from a cold-water immersion. FMI

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Jim Carroll who recently passed away. A retired Marine Patrol Lieutenant and father of Lieutenant Jay Carroll, Jim was a highly respected long-term leader and mentor in the Marine Patrol. His obituary reads: James R. Carroll February 5, 1939 – September 30, 2018 James R. Carroll passed away at his home in Southwest Harbor on September 30, 2018. Jim was born in Bar Harbor on February 5, 1939 to Richard T. and Mary (Harriman) Carroll of Southwest Harbor. While growing up on MDI, our Dad gleaned great pleasure in hunting, fishing, playing ball, exploring, and spending time at the family camp on Rum Island. He graduated from Pemetic High School in 1957 and then from Maine Central Institute in 1958 as a post-graduate. Jim proudly served his country for three years in the United States Army as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was a lifetime member of the Eugene M. Norwood American Legion Post 69 and of the 82nd Airborne Division Association. He attended college at both the University of Arizona and then Washington State Teacher’s College in Machias where he met and married his wife, Maxine Savage, and her two daughters Wendy Jo and Wanda Sue. Jim began his law enforcement career with the Maine Warden Service in 1964 and was assigned patrol duties in the Clayton Lake District of Maine’s North woods. In 1967, he took a Coastal Warden position with the Department of Sea and Shore Fisheries and enjoyed a rewarding career with Maine’s Marine Patrol, retiring in 1988 as a Division Lieutenant. Maxine and Jim’s career with Marine Patrol moved them to various places along Maine’s coast including Harrington, Freeport, Corea, Gouldsboro, Prospect Harbor, and eventually back to his hometown of Southwest Harbor. During that journey, they added two Sons, John Wesley and Jay Richard, and a third daughter, Jennifer Lynn, to the family. Upon entering retirement from law enforcement, Jim soon embarked on a second career driving truck for Doug Gott and Sons construction company where he worked for nearly twenty-five years and made many friends. Jim Carroll’s life was infinitely blessed and he understood and appreciated those blessings throughout his life and at the end. The stories told at hunting camp or during Friday afternoon “tea” in Maxine’s kitchen were made special by those who shared, listened, and joined the debate. Friendships undoubtedly enriched Big Jim’s life and none more than those enjoyed with his brother Johnny Carroll, sister Marilyn LaHaye, cousin David Carroll, Wayne Smith, Harold Billings, Bunny Parady, Red LaHaye, Doug Gott, Colby Young, Walter Moore, Charlie Davis, Gib Dow, Merle Cousins, Bob Burns, Cinder, Hannah, Ralph, Thor, Bill, Jessie, Niall, Sami, and most of all, Maxine. As we reflect on our Dad’s life, we will surely fail to capture all that he meant to us, but his passions have always been apparent. Jim loved sea duck hunting with cousin David, going to hunting camp at Slide Bank with the boys, Model 12 Winchesters, Carroll family reunions, Model 70 Winchesters, his dogs, chainsaws, snowmobiles, Western movies, WW II documentaries, being Airborne and not a “leg”, Waylon Jennings, hitting 40 hours and going on overtime, his grandkids, Varney GMC, C.M. Russell paintings, Louis L’amour books, Pemetic’s Gold Basketball in 1957 and then winning the New England Prep School Championship in 1958 with MCI, MDI’s Gold Ball in 2017, his children, and of course and most of all, Maxine and her cooking. Anyone who knew Jim Carroll heard him say, more than once, that the two best decisions he ever made in life were, marrying our mother and becoming a Coastal Warden. We affirm that declaration and additionally contend that one of life’s greatest gifts to us, was having him for our Dad. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Joan and Marilyn, in-laws George and Edna Savage, and many dear aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and brother John; as well as, Sami, Niall, and many special nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jim’s memory can be made to: Marine Patrol Benevolent Association 22 Coaling Station Lane Lamoine, ME 04605. A casual celebration of Jim’s life will take place from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday October 7th at the Kebo Valley Golf Club, 136 Eagle Lake Road in Bar Harbor where light refreshments and stories can be shared.

The following public hearings on the proposed rulemaking package for the 2018-2019 scallop season have been scheduled: September 10, 2018, 6:00 PM, DMR – Augusta, Rm 118, 32 Blossom Lane, Augusta, ME; September 11, 2018, 6:00 PM, University of Maine at Machias, Rm 102, 116 O’Brien Avenue Machias, ME; September 12, 2018, 6:00 PM, Ellsworth City Hall Auditorium, One City Hall Plaza, Ellsworth, ME Written comments will be received until September 24, 2018. The proposed rulemaking notice can be found at

Marine Patrol Officer Brian Brodie rescued two employees of Cooke Aquaculture yesterday in Passamaquoddy Bay after their boat caught fire. At approximately 2:00 p.m. while on routine patrol Brodie spotted the two paddling a life raft. Brett Newman and Patrick Blair, both of Campobello, had been aboard a 40-foot lobster-style boat supplying feed for Cooke's sites in the Bay when it caught fire. FMI

Attention LPA (Limited Purpose Aquaculture) license holders: A rule change that went into effect earlier this year requires LPA license holders to complete an annual educational course in order to renew for 2019 and beyond. DMR is hosting six 3-hour courses in November that LPA license holders must take in order to meet this requirement. Courses cover a range of important topics including bio security and public health. Cost for the course is $25. A list of courses and registration information is available at

Registration is now open for Maine's Coastweek Coastal Cleanup which begins Saturday September 15 and runs through Saturday September 22. One of Maine's largest volunteer events, the Coastal Cleanup provides an opportunity for people of all ages to keep Maine's coastal shoreline and associated waterways clean. FMI and to register visit

The Maine Department of Marine Resources has awarded six grants for research programs that will contribute to improved understanding of lobster habitat, stock assessment, monitoring, impacts of management actions on the fishery, and how those can be integrated in a way that informs future management. The Department made the awards totaling $340,000 from the Lobster Research, Education, and Development (RED) Fund. The RED Fund receives money from the sale of lobster license plates and is administered by the Department of Marine Resources. FMI

The Maine Marine Patrol has hired Graham Hults of Portland to serve as a Boat Specialist, responsible for the operation of patrol vessels in Section 1, which stretches from Kittery to Yarmouth. Hults has previously worked as a Police Officer with the Portland Police Department, as a Senior Deckhand with the Casco Bay Island Transit District, and as a Captain with the Portland Express Water Taxi. Hults, who has a 100-ton Master license, will begin serving after completing the nine-week Field Training Program. Pictured with Specialist Hults (2nd from right) is his Field Training Officer Specialist Matthew Sinclair (left), Maine Department of Marine Resources Deputy Commissioner Meredith Mendelson (2nd from left), Major Rene Cloutier (3rd from left), and Officer Tom Hale (right).

The Maine Marine Patrol will be on heightened alert for anyone violating Maine's boating under the influence laws during the national Operation Drywater weekend, June 29-July 1. Operation Dry Water is a national awareness and enforcement campaign coordinated by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) that focuses on deterring boaters from boating under the influence (BUI) of drugs or alcohol. FMI

This summer, thousands of boaters will spend time with friends and family on Maine’s coastal waters, rivers and lakes. As we near Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of the recreational boating season, the Maine Marine Patrol wants to remind people about safe boating practices. For information on safe recreational boating, visit

Join us in congratulating Marine Patrol Officers (left to right) Alexandre Michaud, Emily Lopez, and Nicholas Stillwell, pictured with Colonel Jon Cornish today after graduation ceremonies at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. MPOs Lopez and Michaud have been serving since October of last year and returned to complete the 18-week MCJA Basic Law Enforcement Training Program. MPO Lopez has been serving in the Kittery patrol but has transferred to the Freeport Patrol. Michaud will continue to serve in the St. George-Warren patrol. Stillwell will begin serving the Spruce Head-Matinicus patrol after completing the Marine Patrol's Field Training program.

Taylor Shewokis from Weymouth Massachussetts, was sworn in today as the newest member of the Maine Marine Patrol. MPO Shewokis has been assigned to the Kittery Patrol and will be starting his Marine Patrol Field Training program next week. FMI

The Maine Department of Marine Resources has been awarded $311,357 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Species Recovery Grants to States Program to restore Atlantic salmon and river herring in Togus Stream. The three-year restoration project will involve Atlantic salmon egg planting at three locations in Togus Stream, installation of a fish way at Lower Togus Pond Dam, and removal of two small stone dams located downstream of Lower Togus Pond Dam. Improved river herring runs provide numerous benefits including the increased available of food for predators such as eagles, osprey, and striped bass during juvenile salmon outmigration to the ocean, which improves the chances of survival for salmon juveniles. FMI

The Maine Maritime Security Team, including the Maine Marine Patrol, Maine State Police Tactical Team, and the US Coast Guard, took part in a training exercise recently in Bar Harbor. The Maritime Security Team was established through a memorandum of agreement between the State of Maine and the US Coast Guard after 911 when state and federal agencies saw a need for greater preparedness to respond to security threats at-sea. Training such as the Bar Harbor event ensures coordination among federal and state partners, which is considered key to national security. Pictured here members of the Maine State Police Tactical Team board the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company’s boat Friendship V from a Maine Marine Patrol Protector vessel during maritime security training last week in Bar Harbor. FMI

Marine Patrol Pilot Steve Ingram leads a fly over during today’s funeral service for Corporal Eugene Cole who died April 25 in the line of duty. The service today was attended by thousands, including members of law enforcement agencies from around Maine and the country.

Last night Marine Patrol Officers from eastern Maine participated in a Memorial workout, also known as a Hero workout, honoring Corporal Eugene Cole, killed last week in the line of duty. This workout is special for Marine Patrol as it is done to honor a fallen Maine brother. The workout was especially meaningful for MPO Jeff Turcotte as he went to the academy with Corporal Cole. Officers pictured are (left to right) Sean Dow, Tyler Sirois, Jonathan Varnum, Brent Chasse, Jeff Turcotte, and Rustin Ames. Many local Crossfit affiliates, including Crossfit Acadia in Ellsworth, have been hosting this workout to honor Corporal Cole.The work out was 62 push-ups which was Corporal Cole's age, then 13 rounds of 20 pull-ups as he had 20 years of service, 13 air squats and 12 burpees as his call number was 1312. Marine Patrol Officers will continue to do this workout every year once a year.

Marine Patrol Officer Jason Leavitt, who serves in the Jonesport, Beals and Addison patrol area is shown here with Marine Patrol Colonel Jon Cornish after receiving the 2018 Northeast Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs Association (NECLECA) Officer of the Year Award. Jason was recognized for his strong field presence and the effort he puts into Patrol’s recruitment program. He received his award at the April 15-17 Annual NECLECA Conference in Burlington, Vermont. Join us in congratulating MPO Leavitt for receiving this much deserved honor.

The Androscoggin River as seen by Marine Patrol Pilot Steve Ingram. Pilot Ingram flew today from Auburn to Merrymeeting Bay in search of five-year-old Valerio McFarland who fell in the river last week. Maine Marine Patrol and the Maine Warden Service continue daily flights over the river in support of on-going search efforts.

Marine Patrol Specialist Sean Dow (left) and Mount Desert Police Department Officer Ryan Lawson (right) are pictured during a recent visit with a group of Surry school kids. This kind of visit is one of the ways our law enforcement professionals build trust and relations with young Mainers.

Good news and great work in apprehending John Williams

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of Cpl. Eugene Cole.