Aquaculture rule changes up for public comment in Maine
YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) — Maine fisheries managers are looking to make a number of changes to aquaculture rules in the state, and are asking for feedback from the industry and the public about the potential changes.
The Maine Department of Marine Resources is considering a proposal that would make changes to the leasing procedures it uses for farmers of seafood. The new rules would also clarify that an emergency lease could be used when the safety of consumers is threatened, and they would establish minimum lease maintenance standards.
Aquaculture farmers grow shellfish, salmon, seaweed and other valuable products in Maine. The state is collecting feedback until Feb. 4, and hosting a series of public hearings. They are scheduled for Jan. 22 in Yarmouth, Jan. 23 in Rockland and Jan. 24 in Ellsworth.