Debate Rages Over Maine Oyster Farm

The Maine Department of Marine Resources has approved the transfer of an aquaculture lease for a Blue Hill Bay mussel farm that has been the focus of prolonged and bitter opposition, but the battle over the 15-acre site located east of Hardwood Island is far from over.

According to an article on, Friends of Blue Hill Bay, a local conservation group, is asking the Maine Superior Court to reverse the DMR decision and to vacate the mussel farm’s lease renewal. They say the farm is operating under “egregious and dangerous conditions.”

Read more about the battle over a mussel farm in Maine’s Blue Hill Bay.