Mussel Bound seeks new lease



MOUNT DESERT — Mussel Bound, Inc., an aquaculture business led by Erick Swanson, has applied for a new limited-purpose aquaculture lease on a 3.5-acre site in Bartlett Narrows for suspended culture of blue mussels.

A 30-day public comment period, during which interested parties may submit written comments or request a public hearing, ends April 29. Experimental leases do not automatically require a public hearing.

Mussel Bound is also part owner of a larger, 15-acre mussel farm east of Hardwood Island in Tremont. A renewal of that lease site, approved by the Maine Department of Marine Resources in 2017, was appealed by a local conservation group unhappy with the farm’s operations. The Hancock County Superior Court dismissed the appeal in February 2018.

Application materials are available at maine.gov/dmr. Contact Cindy Burke at DMR at 624-6567, or contact Swanson directly at 266-1250 or erickswanson553@gmail.com.

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