Marine Protected Area Decision Delayed

ACADIA NAT’L PARK — As a result of concerns expressed by local officials, fishermen and the park advisory commission, as well as the lack of answers to a number of questions, officials are postponing an application to be included in the National System of Marine Protected Areas.

Park superintendent Sheridan Steele and deputy superintendent Len Bobinchock stressed that being part of this system would not increase the park’s authority. Both said they understand the concerns expressed by town officials, the public and members of the advisory commission.


Commissioners approved a resolution, drafted by chairman Steve Katona, giving the commission more time to gather and consider additional information, that it will share with towns, before making a decision.

At the suggestion of commissioner Ben Emory, the park and the advisory commission will host a public meeting in the next few months so people can be better informed about precisely what being part of the marine protected areas means. Mr. Emory suggested that the park request representatives from the Maine Department of Marine Resources and the attorney general’s office be invited, so commissioners and the public can clearly understand the pros and cons of the park’s being part of this national system.

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