From right whale protection and lobster regulations to aquaculture, seaweed, and elver fishig, we'll discuss the top marine resource issues facing Commissioner Pat Keliher in the year 2020. 

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Maine's Department of Marine Resources (DMR) is giving an initial thumbs up to a controversial oyster farm proposed for Brunswick's Maquoit Bay.

Aquaculture, Lobstering Tussle Headed To Maine State House

Oct 18, 2019

PORTLAND, Maine - A proposed change to the law in Maine would make it more difficult to establish aquaculture operations at a time when the state's fish and shellfish farming business is growing.

Springworks Farm

Maine’s growing season is relatively short, but a group of young farmers has found a way to extend the season with the help of some unlikely farm-hands — fish.

Aquaponics takes place inside greenhouses, where beds of produce grow on top of fish tanks. In Maine, aquaponics pioneers believe the industry could provide sustainable, year-round jobs for a new generation of farmers.

Our panel discusses the value of seaweed to Maine’s economy, some potential ways to grow Maine’s seaweed industry, and the questions associated with seaweed harvesting in Maine. Fishermen and others are turning to growing or harvesting kelp and other seaweeds as demand grows for use in foods, medicine, fertilizer and more. It is also seen as a way for fishermen to augment their livelihoods.

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Another land-based fish farm is in the works for mid-coast Maine. A Dutch Company, called Kingfish Zeeland, is seeking a site where it would grow yellowtail kingfish in a so-called "Recirculating Aquaculture System," which is a growing sector in the industry.

Maine's Department of Marine Resources (DMR) will hold a public hearing this month on a proposed moratorium on new leases for aquaculture sites of more than 10 acres.

Salt Sisters

A Falmouth woman is proposing a 200-acre seaweed farm off Falmouth — at a time when aquaculture's growth in Maine is drawing controversy. But this sea-farmer believes she can win support from the seafaring community.

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Maine has had a small but growing aquaculture industry, but a proposal by the Mere Point Oyster Company to build a 40-acre oyster farm in Maquoit Bay in Brunswick has angered many local lobster harvesters. They’ve submitted a petition that would require the state to review its aquaculture permitting rules.

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Maine’s Department of Marine Resources is proposing changes in its permitting rules for some aquaculture leases, as farmed shellfish operations in Maine continue to see robust growth. Many of the changes aim at eliminating redundancies or outdated language, but some are substantive.

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Controversy over aquaculture’s expanding footprint in Maine continues to flare around the state, often putting long-time friends, neighbors and fishermen at odds with each other. The latest flashpoint is in Brunswick, where well more than one hundred residents turned out for a hearing Thursday night on a proposed 40-acre oyster farm in Maquoit Bay, which would be one of the largest in the state.

The head of Maine’s Department of Marine Resources joins us to discuss the latest issues in Maine’s fishing industry - including efforts to protect right whales, the controversy over quotas for herring and developments in Maine’s  aquaculture industry.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Two recently enacted laws help the state's burgeoning aquaculture industry and those displaced by transportation projects in Maine.
One of the laws creates a framework for all individuals growing and selling marine organisms as part of the growing field of agriculture. Most commercial aquaculturists are growing shellfish, and a state marine resources representative said aquaculturists face a very confusing licensing process.
The new law shepherded by Democratic Rep. Mick Devin creates a separate new aquaculture license.

Who 'Owns' Rockweed in Maine?

Mar 9, 2017
Rockweed coats the shoreline on the Maine coast.
Sarah Redmond / University of Maine Sea Grant

For 15 years, shore-front property owners, rockweed cutters and Maine Department of Marine Resources regulators have attempted to balance the competing interests that have tended to define the state’s rockweed industry. 

Aquaculture in Maine

Jan 6, 2017

Experts assess the Maine aquaculture outlook for 2017.


Don Perkins, President of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Andrew Lively, with Cooke Aquaculture & Director of Marketing for True North Salmon

Fiona de Koning, Co-owner of Hollander & de Koning Mussels