Dec 15, 2004

Swannie goes mussel!

Eric Swanson - colorful character that has run a brace of salmon farms in Blue Hill Bay and nearby waters despite the most strenuous efforts of local bay group Friends of Blue Hill Bay - is dropping the fins for the shells and becoming a mussel farmer, with a tiny specialty organic salmon sideline about 5K fish at a time - about 1% of the # of fish he'd been raising. The last straw must have been Conservation Law Foundation's November 12 challenge to DMRs decisions a month earlier renewing Swanson’s Hardwood Island lease and granting him a new site off Tinker. Iintrepid Maine marine news reporter Aaron Porter tells all about it.

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