"A Fish Farm Next To Acadia? Lobstermen, NPS Give A Loud ‘No’"

"GOULDSBORO, Maine — When lobster prices rose this year, it provided a boost for Zach Piper, a 27-year-old lobsterman who earns his living on Maine’s Frenchman Bay with 800 traps and a 31-foot boat named Overtime.

“If you go hard and want to do it, there’s money to be made. … A good week is 10, 15 grand, but we only get two months of it,” said Piper, who began lobstering at 16 and lives in a house once occupied by his great-grandparents.

But Piper says threats to this way of life have mounted in recent years, with proposals to build wind farms, close off waters for aquaculture projects and increase protections for endangered Atlantic right whales.

For Piper, the latest menace comes from overseas: a Norwegian-backed company touting plans to build two 60-acre salmon pens in the bay next to Acadia National Park, close to Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the East Coast and one of the most popular tourist spots in New England."

Rob Hotakainen reports for E&E News November 16, 2021.

Source: E&E News, 11/17/2021