A proposal to lift Atlantic salmon in two 60-acre pens in Frenchman Bay off of Acadia Nationwide Park in Maine has drawn considerations from Buddies of Acadia, which worries about air pollution and navigational and scenic impacts they may create.
“Frenchman Bay has a protracted historical past of small-scale aquaculture operations that dwell in concord with conventional makes use of of Frenchman Bay, akin to lobstering, leisure boating, and tourism,” stated Stephanie Clement, FOA’s conservation director. “The size of American Aquafarms’ proposed salmon farms is really unprecedented and deserves full consideration below a rigorous public enter course of.
“Acadia Nationwide Park’s Basis doc lists scenic sources as one of many basic sources and values of the park. The proposed salmon farms could be extremely seen from vistas alongside the Paradise Hill sections of the carriage roads and motor-road system, each of that are on the Nationwide Register of Historic Locations,” she added final week. “They may even be seen from the Bluffs space of Route 3, which has been designated as an ‘All-American Highway,’ the best stage of scenic classification within the Nationwide Scenic Byways Program. These nationally important sources deserve cautious consideration because the analysis of American Aquafarms’ proposal proceeds.”
Based on the Maine Division of Marine Sources, the salmon pens could be situated on “a 60.37 acre web site situated northwest of Lengthy Porcupine Island in Frenchman Bay, and on a 60.32 acre web site situated north of Bald Rock in Frenchman Bay. Each proposals are situated within the City of Gouldsboro.”
A scoping session/informational assembly on the proposal is ready for this Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. EST. You possibly can be a part of this system by way of this hyperlink. Through the assembly, American Aquafarms will current its draft plans and take questions relating to the propoal. These draft plans may be considered on this web page.
The deadline for submitting written feedback relating to the proposals is 5 p.m. EST on July 7. Feedback may be submitted on-line at this web page. After a closing plan is introduced to the state, extra public periods will probably be held.