Pickering Cove lease proposed

DEER ISLE — The public comment period on a proposed shellfish site in Pickering Cove will run through the end of May. 

Abigail Barrows has proposed a 4-acre oyster and scallop farm south of Big Hay Island. In her application to the Department of Marine Resources that was deemed complete last week, she asked to grow oysters in suspended surface bags and scallops in lantern nets in the water column. Pogy fishing and clamming take place about a quarter- to half-mile away and most lobstering is farther out in Southeast Harbor, Barrows wrote in the application.

The farm would request that no lobstering take place within the perimeter of the lease due to the potential for gear fouling and loss for both parties.

The full application is on the DMR’s website and comments can be sent by email to [email protected] or by mail to ATTN: Aquaculture Division, 21 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0021. The deadline is May 29 at 4 p.m.