This issue of the Habitat Management Series provides a broad description of current and common marine aquaculture (mariculture) practices along the Atlantic seaboard and some potential effects on fish habitats. Read the full article.
On Saturday, September 23, the Department of Marine Resources announced that Blue Hill Bay will be closed indefinitely to shellfish harvesting. The area includes the area north of Naskeag Point Brooklint to Lopaus Point, Tremont. The reason for the closing is the risk of amnesic shellfish poisoning which can cause headaches, cramping, vomiting and diarrhea. AlsoContinue Reading
Hardwood Island—blue mussels Friends of Blue Hill Bay president, Don Eley and FoBHB legal counsel, Sally Mills, have attended, as intervenors, Department of Marine Resources (DMR) hearings involving the 15-acre blue mussel farm lease east of Hardwood Island belonging to Erick Swanson, of Maine Cultured Mussels. Mr. Swanson’s original lease expired in 2013. He appliedContinue Reading
Long Island—blue mussels Erick Spencer Swanson applied to renew his lease east of Long Island, which was due to expire May 23rd of this year. The original lease, 50+ acres, was previously reduced to 4.7acres. Friends of Blue Hill Bay is opposed to renewing this lease as it has not been maintained as required. LightedContinue Reading
A suit has been filed by three owners of Washington County shorefront property hoping that the court will decide whether the rockweed belongs to the landowner or is part of the public trust and therefore open to harvesting.The suit has been brought against Acadian Seaplants Ltd. a Canadian company that is the largest harvester ofContinue Reading