Cooke Aquaculture-Notice of Aquaculture Lease Renewal Hearings

Date: November 8, 2021

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Location: In person: Southwest Harbor Fire Station (250 Main Street) and remote via Microsoft Teams

Town: In person: Southwest Harbor/Remote via Teams

Department of Marine Resources (DMR) will hold a public hearing on November 8, 2021 at 4:00p.m. both in person and remotely via Teams to take evidence on aquaculture lease renewals for the existing standard lease sites: SWAN BI and SWAN BIS. These sites are held by Cooke Aquaculture USA, Inc and are located off Black Island in Frenchboro. The respective applications are available here under "Renewal Applications."

REGISTERING FOR THE HEARING: The hearing will be conducted in accordance with the adjudicatory proceeding provisions of the Maine Administrative Procedure Act (5 M.R.S.A., ch. 375, subchapter 4). The purpose of this hearing is to gather evidence and testimony specific to the lease renewal criteria. Persons who attend the hearing may have the opportunity to ask questions of the parties or testify under oath about the criteria specific to lease renewals.

Due to COVID and capacity limitations, anyone wishing to attend the hearing in-person is asked to register with DMR in advance so that space availability can be determined. Persons intending to ask questions of the parties or testify under oath about the proposed lease renewal, whether they intend to attend the hearing in-person or remotely, must register with DMR to participate in this manner.

Interested persons must register no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 24, 2021. Failure to register may limit your ability to participate in the proceeding. Persons who are unable to register online or need assistance with the form need to contact DMR. Online registration can be completed >here.

INTERVENING: Applications to intervene must be received by DMR no later than 5:00 p.m., October 24, 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. You do not need to be an intervenor to participate in the proceeding. If you wish to apply for intervenor status, please contact DMR for application materials.

Questions may be sent to: DMRaquaculture@maine.gov

If the hearing listed above is postponed or continued, it will be held at the same time, location/format on November 9, 16, and 17. DMR will post notice of a postponement or continuation to our website.