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LD 1146 – An Act To Protect Maine’s Ocean Waters and Support Regulatory Oversight and the Long-term Health of the Aquaculture Industry

A draft bill has been drafted that would amend the Maine Revised Statutes that protect Maine’s ocean waters, support regulatory oversight, promote the aquaculture industry and advance the interests of Maine’s citizens. The bill is attached to this news item.

The key points to the bill are:

  • restrict the maximum size of new aquaculture sites to 50 acres and to limit any one farmer to 100 acres.
  • require more oversight and site inspections to protect the environment.
  • require stakeholder meetings and more consideration of other uses of public trust waters.
  • improvement of the permit approval process.
  • remove DMR’s exemption from the National Resource Protection Act for aquaculture sites larger than 5 acres.

Please consider sending a letter or email supporting the passage of LD 1146 to your Maine legislature representatives. Sen. David Miramant chairs the Marine Resources Committee and the draft bill is sponsored by Representative Robert Alley. Here are the links to the legislature’s member emails.

https://legislature.maine.gov/house/house/MemberProfiles/ListEmail
https://legislature.maine.gov/senate/senators/9536

LD 1146 – An Act To Protect Maine’s Ocean Waters and Support Regulatory Oversight and the Long-term Health of the Aquaculture Industry

Mussel Bound Inc. DMR virtual hearing Tuesday, April 6th

Mussel Bound Inc. has a DMR virtual hearing scheduled for Tuesday, April 6th at 5pm. The hearing is for the renewal of an aquaculture permit for their existing mussel growing operation located east of Hardwood Island. The DMR link provides details about the operation. https://www.maine.gov/dmr/aquaculture/leases/pending/documents/COMPLETE3.19.2020-LeaseBHBHI2-MusselBound.pdf If you are interested, you can attend the hearing viaContinue Reading

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Habitat Management Series – Spring 2020

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.

FOBHB Board Meeting, February 12, 2020

The Friends of Blue Hill Bay Board of Directors will meet February 12th in the Blue Hill Public Library.  The Board will meet in the Bass Room at 5:30pm.  The meeting is open to the public and the Board welcomes the public’s participation and input.

FOBHB Board Meeting, December 11, 2019

The Friends of Blue Hill Bay Board of Directors will meet December 11th in the Blue Hill Public Library.  The Board will meet in the Bass Room at 5:30pm.  The meeting is open to the public and the Board welcomes the public’s participation and input.

Cooke Aquaculture USA, Black Is., Frenchboro Permit Renewal

Cooke Aquaculture USA has posted a renewal for its salmon pens off Black Island.  This Cooke site is included in the DEP’s September fine settlement with Cooke for monitoring and reporting deficiencies.  FOBHB has requested a public hearing.

Blue Hill Harbor Dredging Plan

The Army Corps of Engineers presented a draft dredging plan to the Blue Hill town council in July 2019.  The general plan is to dredge a low-water channel through the harbor mudflats to the town dock on Water Street.  The project costs have risen from the initial $1 million cost to now almost $3.5 millionContinue Reading

Blue Hill Bay shellfish ban

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 Lease

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 Lease Pending

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