Maine’s Department of Marine Resources gave final approval Thursday to an almost 40-acre oyster farm in Brunswick, but opponents said immediately that they will appeal the decision in court.
The controversial farm, located in Maquoit Bay, is owned by Mere Point Oyster Co. of Brunswick.
The 10-year lease on 34.52 acres was reduced from the original request for 39.84 acres. That still will be one of the largest oyster leases in the state, with the potential to bring up Mere Point Oyster’s annual harvest from about 110,000 oysters to as many as 1.5 million.
The DMR gave the lease proposal an initial thumbs up in October. However, the proposed lease drew stiff opposition from some shorefront landowners and lobstermen who feared it could affect their quality of life and create conflicts on the water with recreational and commercial boats.