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Originally published in Compass, July 24, 2014
Department of Marine Resources to hold follow-up meeting on aquaculture

The Maine Department of Marine Resources invites the public to attend an informational meeting and conversation about the science of shellfish aquaculture on Thursday, July 31. The meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Penobscot Community School, 66 North Penobscot Road in Penobscot.

The purpose of this meeting is to share information about some of the ecological questions that were raised by local community members at a previous meeting held on April 30, according to a news release from the DMR.

During the first meeting, the department provided information on its aquaculture lease and license application and review process and answered questions from landowners, local business owners and aquaculturists.

“We had a very constructive conversation during the April 30 meeting,” DMR Deputy Commissioner Meredith Mendelson said in the release. “We had an opportunity to clarify the review and administrative process for leases and licenses, to discuss issues of impact on our coastal economy and ecology, and to listen to the concerns and feedback of stakeholders. A number of the concerns we heard at the first meeting relate to how aquaculture interacts with wild marine resources and the natural environment; so, we’re holding this second meeting with the intent of trying to share information related to ecological impacts.”

Maine Sea Grant staff will again facilitate the meeting, and representatives from the DMR will lead the discussion.

For more information prior to the meeting, contact the Maine Department of Marine Resources at 624-6553.