Plans for an experimental aquaculture operation near Mount Desert Island, Maine, has caused a showdown with local residents who are concerned about the proposals, according to The Maine Public Broadcasting Network (MPBN).
Shellfish farmer Joseph Porada already runs a small experimental clam-harvesting operation in nearby Goose Cove, but now he wants to take over four acres of Morgan Bay for another experiment, testing the viability of growing mostly oysters, along with hard-shelled clams - also known as northern quahogs.
The new shellfish farm would include cages and hundreds of floating nursery bags, where some of the gear would be visible, but Porada does not think the operation would ruin the character of the bay, or prevent people from enjoying it for recreational purposes.
Attorney David Kallin told MPBN that he has clients though who are protesting against Porada's plans for a commercial shellfish farm.
"One of my clients owns a camp down by the water, and like many small landowners in Maine that drive Maine's tourism economy, rents out that camp to people that are coming to visit Maine," Kallin told MPBN.
He said the client is hearing from regular tenants that they are now threatening to take their tourism money elsewhere if Porada's plans go ahead, due to concerns over how the farm will change the feel of the area.
A public meeting on Joseph Porada's aquaculture proposal for Morgan Bay is being held on June 18 at Surry Elementary School.