CUTLER — The Maine Department of Marine Resources Bureau of Sea-Run Fisheries and Habitat has withdrawn its experimental aquaculture lease application for the net-pen culture of Atlantic salmon in Cutler Harbor. Subsequently, a hearing on the application scheduled for Monday, Dec. 13, at 4:30 p.m. at Bay Ridge Elementary School in Cutler was canceled.
The agency applied in February 2020 for a three-year lease on 4 acres on the south side of Cutler Harbor, east of Western Head and west of Little River Island.
“The purpose of this study is to assess if smolt to adult supplementation (SAS), i.e., raising salmon from smolt to adult in marine net pens and releasing the fish as adults into high-quality habitats, can increase production and fitness of endangered populations of Atlantic salmon in the Gulf of Maine Distinct Population Segment,” according to the application.
The Maine Department of Marine Resources Bureau of Sea-Run Fisheries and Habitat had proposed to raise Atlantic salmon in collaboration with Cooke Aquaculture from smolts to mature adult size over an 18-30-month period.