News Feature

Blue Hill
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, June 6, 2019
Scoping session set for proposed Salt Pond aquaculture lease

by Anne Berleant

A public informational meeting on a proposed 7.25 acre oyster farm in Salt Pond will be held June 13 at Blue Hill Town Hall at 5 p.m. The postponement date is June 20.

Called a scoping session, the meeting will allow the applicant to provide details of the proposed lease and answer questions from neighbors and the public.

According to the draft application, Tightrope Sea Farms LLC seeks a 20-year lease for two tracts, one south of Carlton Island and one southeast of the island to grow American oysters using bottom cultivation.

Production of 300,000 oysters would reach one million annually during the lease term. The draft application specifies no lights, with harvesting boats operating three to five hours per day , three to six days per week, during daylight hours throughout the year except when prevented by ice.

Hancock resident Evan Young is president of Tightrope Sea Farms LLC, which holds three leases in Salt Pond totaling approximately 17.5 acres that use suspended culture methods. Young also holds an approximately three-acre site east of Hardwood Island used to grow mussels.