AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Department of Marine Resources will hold public meetings later this month in Machias, Ellsworth and Hallowell to provide recently gathered data on smelt fishing and to solicit public input into future management of the fishery.
Department of Marine Resources officials also will discuss plans for future monitoring efforts.
In addition, the officials will provide background on the decision to close the fishery for 90-days from Stonington to the New Hampshire border, beginning March 14. The basis for the closure will be presented including factors influencing the population decline that prompted the closure.
Those attending will be given an opportunity to ask questions of Department of Marine Resources science staff and to provide input which will be evaluated for the development of future management decisions.
The meetings will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, in room 106 of the Department of Marine Resources office building at 6 Beech Street in Hallowell; noon Thursday, July 17, in the Clipper Lounge of Sennett Hall on the campus of University of Maine Machias; and 10 a.m. Thursday, July 24, in the Ellsworth City Hall Auditorium.
For more information, call Claire Enterline of the Maine Department of Marine Resources Sea Run Fisheries and Habitat Division at 624-6341.