Scoping Session on Cod Farm Proposal Draws Tiny Crowd to Gouldsboro Hall



GOULDSBORO — Maybe it was the state basketball tournament that kept everyone away, but a Department of Marine Resources (DMR) scoping session to discuss a plan for siting a cod farm in Frenchman Bay drew only handful of people to the Gouldsboro Community Center last Wednesday evening.

 

George Nardi, shown at the Great Bay Aquaculture Co. hatchery in Portsmouth, N.H., represented the company at the Department of Marine Resources (DMR) scoping session in Gouldsboro. — STEPHEN RAPPAPORT
George Nardi, shown at the Great Bay Aquaculture Co. hatchery in Portsmouth, N.H., represented the company at the Department of Marine Resources (DMR) scoping session in Gouldsboro. — STEPHEN RAPPAPORT

Great Bay Aquaculture of Maine LLC already operates a small cod farming operation on a 35-acre aquaculture lease site off Prebble Island in Sorrento. The company shares the lease with Sorrento fisherman and mussel farmer James West.

Last Wednesday, Great Bay’s president, George Nardi, came to Gouldsboro to discuss the possible expansion of the company’s operations. The company wants to apply to DMR for an aquaculture lease for approximately 20 acres off the western shore of Stave Island. The uninhabited 500-acre island lies across Frenchman Bay from Bar Harbor. At low tide, it is virtually connected to the mainland by Stave Island Bar.

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