Maine Marine Patrol gets new vessel

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STONINGTON, Maine (WABI) - There is a new vessel that has been added to the Maine Marine Patrol fleet.

The 26-foot patrol vessel Moxie replaces a 21-foot Boston Whaler and will be based in Stonington.

Marine Patrol officials say the name "Moxie" represents the courage and determination of marine patrol officers.

The new boat will give the local crew the ability to haul lobster gear and, with an enclosed wheel house, go out in more challenging weather conditions.

Before this acquisition, Marine Patrol officers had to bring a larger boat from either Rockland or Mount Desert Island for help.

The Moxie was purchased through a joint enforcement agreement with the National Marine Fisheries Service, which provides the Maine Marine Patrol funding to support federal fisheries enforcement.