Poliquin to meet diggers



ELLSWORTH — Rep. Bruce Poliquin is planning a 90-minute roundtable meeting in Ellsworth next week to discuss the simmering conflict between Acadia National Park and the state’s worm harvesters, seaweed harvesters and clam diggers.

Announced on Tuesday, the meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 24, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Ellsworth City Hall.

According to an email sent by Samantha Warren, district director of Poliquin’s office, to several members of the Independent Maine Marine Worm Harvesters Association, Poliquin has grown “increasingly concerned” about reported threats to the livelihood of clammers, wormers and seaweed harvesters who have long worked the flats around an “ever-expanding” Acadia.

Poliquin is calling the meeting in “an effort to better understand the industry and the challenges commercial harvesters are facing, including unpredictable enforcement of commercial activities within the intertidal zone in and around Acadia.

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