State fisheries officials plan to meet with public on aquaculture programs

Posted April 22, 2014, at 4:01 p.m.

PENOBSCOT, Maine — The Department of Marine Resources has scheduled a local meeting about its aquaculture program for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30.

The meeting will be held at Penobscot Community School and is expected to last two hours, DMR officials indicated Tuesday in a press release.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide the public with information about Maine’s aquaculture laws and regulations and to give people a chance to provide feedback to state officials about the program.

“Aquaculture leasing is a formal, adjudicatory process,” Meredith Mendelson, deputy commissioner for DMR, said in the release. “We are trying something new here, in that the purpose of this meeting is to share information, but more importantly, to engage the local community members and stakeholders in a broader dialogue around aquaculture, rather than a specific project.”

Representatives from Maine Sea Grant, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife also are expected to attend the meeting.

For more information prior to the meeting, please contact the Maine Department of Marine Resources at 624-6553.

 

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