DMR Solicitation of Public Comment: Vinalhaven Fishermen's Cooperative Maintenance Dredge

Pursuant to 38 M.R.S. 480-D, sub-9, the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) is required to provide the Maine Department of Environmental Protection with an assessment on the impacts to the fishing industry of a proposed dredging operation at the Vinalhaven Fisherman's Cooperative for maintenance dredging. The cooperative proposes to dredge approximately 6800 cubic yards of sediments from wharf basin. Dredging is expected to take place from November 8th through April 9th and take approximate one month. A crane with a clamshell bucket on a barge will be employed to remove the dredge material. The material will be towed by a tug to Rockland, transferred to land for dewatering then loaded onto trucks for transport to an upland site. The barge haul route will follow the State Ferry route to Rockland.

Written comments about the potential impacts of the proposed dredging operation on fishing in the area need to be received no later than 5pm on May 23, 2022. Comments should be sent to Amanda Ellis at the email or mailing address listed below.

Department of Marine Resources, Attn: Amanda Ellis, 21 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333; tel.: (207) 624-6573 or email: dmr.rulemaking@maine.gov

General questions about the project may be directed to Denis Marc-Nault at 207-592-0521 or denis-marc.nault@maine.gov

A map of the haul route is attached to this notice.