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  • MLCA

Working waterfront protection funds once again available

  1. An active working waterfront which is strategically significant to the local, regional and state fisheries related economies;

  2. Currently located and developed to fully support commercial fishing activities; providing key supports such as all tide access, fuel, bait, sales, and/or adequate parking;

  3. Under current and emerging threat of conversion to uses incompatible with commercial fishing activities by development and changing population dynamics;

  4. In a community with a clear desire to maintain and support their commercial fishing enterprises as evidenced by zoning, comprehensive plans, or written support and;

  5. A critical part of the local fishing infrastructure providing key access for the area.

  6. Poised to create new shoreside jobs with proposed investments described in a business plan. Additionally, DMR is seeking individuals, businesses, coops, or communities to participate in the WWAPP that are:

  7. Willing to develop a business/operating plan.

  8. Willing to enter a permanent deed restriction to be held and monitored by the DMR assuring the prohibition of all competing non-fishing uses of the property. To date dozens of fishing coops, marine businesses, lobster wharves, land trusts and towns have successfully applied for funds to make sure that fishermen continue to have access to the water. For further information or to submit an application, please contact: For York, Cumberland, Sagadahoc or Lincoln Counties. Hugh Cowperthwaite, CEI, 2 Portland Fish Pier, Suite 206, Portland, ME 04101, tel. (207) 535-2920 hsc@ceimaine.org For Knox, Waldo, Hancock, or Washington Counties.  Dick Clime, CEI, P.O. Box 268, Wiscasset, ME 04578, tel. (207) 882-5191, rdc@ceimaine.org

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