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The Department of Marine Resources (DMR) announces the following remote aquaculture lease hearing:
Date: May 10, 2021
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Summary: At the day and time listed above, DMR will hold a remote public hearing on the application of Christopher Dickinson for a 1.00-acre, 20-year standard aquaculture lease on a site located southwest of Hog Island, Damariscotta River, Towns of Damariscotta and Newcastle, for the suspended culture of American/Eastern oysters.
If the remote public hearing listed above is postponed, an alternate remote public hearing will be held on May 11, 2021 at the same time. Notice of a postponement will be posted on the Department’s website.
Interested persons may participate in the remote hearing by computer or phone. To help manage the proceeding, interested persons need complete an online registration form no later than 5:00 p.m., April 25, 2021. After the registration deadline, DMR will contact interested persons with information about how to join the remote hearing. If you are unable to register online or need assistance with the form, please contact DMR.
Online registration can be completed by clicking here.
INTERVENING: Applications to intervene need to be received by DMR no later than 5:00 p.m., April 25, 2021. DMR will decide whether to grant intervenor applications five days before the hearing. If you are granted intervenor status, you become a legal party to the proceeding. See the contact information below to request an intervenor application from DMR. You do not need to be an intervenor to participate in the proceeding.
Questions may be directed to DMRAquaculture@maine.gov
A copy of the lease application is available by clicking here.
A copy of the site report is available by clicking here.
•Scallop Researchers will provide a summary of their research Scallop Plan Development Team (PDT)and interested parties. This is an opportunity for recipients of Scallop RSA awards to share findings with fishery managers, and to hear from other researchers who are conducting studies on topics that have been identified as RSA research priorities.This meeting is not a formal review of the methods or results of these projects. Instead, it is an overview to better inform scallop managers of current research status and help identify future research priority recommendations.
•Other business may be discussed, as necessary.
This meeting will be broadcast online via GoToWebinar.
Click Here To Register Pre–registration is recommended.
Use VoIP with a microphone and speakers for audio –a headset is recommended.**Please be sure to mute your phone upon joining the call so that there will be no interference with the discussion.**
Call In Information
Phone: +1 (562) 247–8321/ Access Code:200–759–673
Please note that this is not a toll–free number. You will receive an individual, personalized PIN that you must enter when you call in, in order to be heard and raise your hand
The Council is making every effort to allow members of the public to remotely participate in the meeting. Individuals are encouraged to submit written comments ahead of time, but, at the discretion of the Chair, public comments also will be allowed during certain portions of the webinar. Please refer to the “Remote Participation” guide for instructions on how to take part in the webinar meeting. Note that you must register for the webinar if you plan to provide oral comments. Those who call–in by telephone without registering for the webinar and entering the PIN provided will be in listen–only mode.The New England Fishery Management Council generally posts announcements of Plan Develop Team (PDT) meetings on the Council’s website, occasionally with very little notice. An agenda may or may not be included. Team members may discuss topics, if listed, in any order or add other issues not contained in the meeting notice.
Members of the public may attend PDT meetings, or listen in if the meetings are broadcast, but should not expect to participate unless the PDT chair invites input. Public comments and questions will not be taken during PDT conference calls. PDTs are responsible to the Council and work on technical analyses as directed by their oversight committee. Once complete, PDT work products are reviewed at oversight committee meetings to which the public is invited. It is at this point that comments are encouraged on a range of issues, including PDT reports and recommendations, proposed management options or other information that is relevant to the committee’s business at that time. The committee, in turn, makes management recommendations to the full Council based on the full suite of information it has available to it.
- Note:Any individuals (including Zone A or Zone B Council Members) who cannot make the meeting Tuesday April 27, are welcome to join the May 12th Zone C Meeting. Conversely, Zone C Council Members or any interested individuals are also welcome to attend the Zone A/B Meeting on the 27th.
- DMR will be holding a Regional Meeting to engage with Lobster Zone Council C to discuss an area being reviewed in the Midcoast/Southern Maine region for the potential of a floating offshore wind Research Array in federal waters.
- They will explain DMR’s role in the process, provide an overview of the project and then focus discussion on the information available to us about fishing activity in the area, identify gaps in that data, and summarize feedback we’ve received through conversations with industry members.
- They hope to solicit feedback from the lobster industry about our understanding of fishing activity and use in the area of interest. This is also an opportunity to learn more about the project and get the latest update on where the siting conversation is heading.
- If joining the Teams Meeting from your smartphone, download the free Microsoft Teams app in advance of the meeting.You will be able to log into the app as a “guest,” and it will prompt you to enter your name. Allow Microsoft Teams to use your audio and microphone when prompted so that you will be able to participate in the meeting.
- If joining this meeting from your computer, you do not need to download the app – just click on the “Click here to join the meeting” link below. When a webpage opens and asks how you want to join the meeting, click “Join on the web instead”. You can use any browser except Safari.
- Here is a conference call telephone number if you prefer to call in directly. Calling in would limit your ability to see what might be presented on the screen. 1-207-209-4724. Please see the conference ID below.
Meeting link info will be posted as soon as it is available
Michael and Mark Gaffney have scheduled a scoping session for their proposed standard lease on a 7-acre sire located North of Little Phoebe Island, Robinhood Cove, in Georgetown.
The scoping session will be held remotely, via Zoom, at 6:30 p.m. on May 12, 2021. The alternate date (if necessary) is May 19, 2021 at the same time and format. The deadline for written comments is 5:00 p.m. on May 26, 2021.
Please click here to access the complete public notice and information on how to join the Zoom meeting.
This meeting will be used to discuss the administration of the hearing including the pre-filing of evidence and the closure of the record. You do not need to register for this meeting in order to participate in the hearing! This meeting is recommended for those who intend to apply for intervenor status. In order to participate, you must register no later than 5pm on May 14, 2021. The registration form can be accessed here.
Address questions to:
Maine Department of Marine Resources
Attn: Aquaculture Division
21 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0021