Meeting Set to Discuss Mussel Harvesting on Airport Property



ELLSWORTH — A public information meeting to air concerns and establish guidelines about commercial mussel harvesting on the waterfront at the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport has been tentatively set for Dec. 18 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Trenton town office.

Increasing use of the shore and seaplane ramp at the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport for commercial purposes — mooring barges and unloading mussel draggers, among others — has the county commissioners thinking about charging businesses that use the facility. — JAMES STRAUB
Increasing use of the shore and seaplane ramp at the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport for commercial purposes — mooring barges and unloading mussel draggers, among others — has the county commissioners thinking about charging businesses that use the facility. — JAMES STRAUB

The public meeting was requested by Hancock County commissioners at their Dec. 1 meeting after hearing concerns from airport manager Allison Navia.

Navia sought direction from the commissioners in dealing with commercial mussel draggers who use the seaplane ramp and boat launch at the airport in Trenton.

“A barge just showed up one day on blocks,” she said. “There was no contact information and we had to find out who the owner is and how long the barge would be there,” she told commissioners.

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