DMR Approves Oyster Farm

TRENTON — The Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) had a Christmas present for Warren Pettegrow, but it may have spoiled the holiday for some Goose Cove property owners.

According to Bar Harbor attorney Doug Chapman, on Christmas Eve the department sent out a preliminary decision granting the application of Pettegrow’s Acadia Sea Farms Inc. for a pair of 25-acre aquaculture leases to raise up to 10 million oysters in Goose Cove. Chapman represented Pettegrow at the DMR public hearing on the application that stretched out over three nights in November and December 2010.

DMR also sent copies of the proposed decision to several parties who opposed the aquaculture venture at the hearing. The 10-day period to comment on the decision has expired.

“We responded. We embraced it,” Chapman said.

The DMR decision does not become final until it is signed by Commissioner Patrick Keliher.

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Stephen Rappaport

Stephen Rappaport

Waterfront Editor at The Ellsworth American
Stephen Rappaport has lived in Maine for nearly 30 years. A lifelong sailor, he spends as much time as possible messing about in boats. [email protected]