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Public Participation in Aquaculture Leasing

The Maine Department of Marine Resources welcomes and encourages comment on aquaculture lease applications.

How you can participate:

Watch for notices in local newspapers, municipal offices or from riparian owners who have been notified.

Contact us and ask for a copy of the application, or download a copy of the application - see a list of pending applications available for download here.

For standard lease applications, the applicant holds an informal public meeting before an application is submitted. These meetings are widely advertised and are a good opportunity to ask questions and learn about particular proposed farms.

Submit written comments by mail, e-mail or fax. All comments submitted before the end of the public comment period established by DMR will be considered during the lease review.

Provide testimony at the public hearing. Anyone can attend and speak at a public hearing. The Department welcomes and encourages the public to speak at hearings.

If you speak at a public hearing, you are testifying in a formal proceeding and will be sworn in. To be effective:

If the proposed farm will substantially and directly affect you, you can request intervenor status at lease 10 days prior to the hearing. If DMR grants you intervenor status, you will receive all correspondence during the review process, and can comment on the draft decision.

You do not need to be an intervenor to submit comments or testimony on a proposed lease.

Application for Intervenor status - pdf file
Application for Intervenor status - MS Word file
Please contact the department prior to submission

See a color brochure on how to participate in the aquaculture leasing process here.