LAMOINE – The Department of Marine Resources has scheduled for later this month a preliminary review of an application for a 2.96-acre aquaculture lease to be situated in the Jordan River.
The draft application filed by Ocean Resources Inc. calls for a 20-year lease to grow as many as 18,000 green sea urchins and 18,000 American oysters annually using suspended culture methods on a site located just south of an existing mussel seed conservation area within the towns of Lamoine and Trenton. Suspended culture includes the use of gear such as plastic oyster bags and wire cages floating on the surface, suspended in the water column or resting on the sea floor.
The scoping session is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19 at Lamoine State Park. The purpose of the scoping session is to give the lease applicant an opportunity to explain the tentative proposal to the public and for interested people to provide feedback on the proposal before a final application is filed and, eventually, a public hearing held. This scoping session does not determine whether the proposed lease will be granted.
Anyone interested in the proposed lease may attend the meeting in person or submit written comments on the proposal. The deadline for written comments is 5 p.m. on Oct. 4.
Written comments will be forwarded to the applicant for consideration as they work on their final lease proposal. A copy of the draft lease application is available on DMR’s website at maine.gov/dmr/aquaculture.