Searsport Dredging Seen as Fishery Threat
by Laurie Schreiber
SEARSPORT, ME – The disposal of 929,000 cubic yards of dredge spoils in Penobscot Bay could suffocate a portion of the area’s lobster resource, and could create massive turbidity—both scenarios that could damage important marine resources, their habitat, and vital economic activity for years to come.
That was the consensus of fishermen and others at a Department of Marine Resources (DMR) hearing, June 9, to take comment on the impact of a proposed maintenance and improvement dredge of the Searsport Federal Navigation Project.
Some speakers said they understood the need for the project, at least as far as maintenance goes. But the consensus was that the taxpayer-funded project would benefit the large corporations that