Majority of speakers push for public hearing on proposal

Lobster fishermen, supporters see — and wear — red at Belfast dredge meeting

Majority of speakers push for public hearing on proposal, By Tanya Mitchell | Apr 08, 2014     RJ

Photo by: Tanya Mitchell   Belfast residents Bob Shaw and Ridgely Fuller show their support for the lobster fishing industry at the public informational meeting regarding the proposed dredging project at Searsport Harbor Tuesday, April 8.

Belfast — The second informational meeting regarding a proposed maintenance and improvement dredging project at Searsport Harbor held Tuesday, April 8, drew a standing-room only crowd at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast

Several members of the audience wore red shirts to the meeting to show solidarity with Maine’s lobster fishermen, many of whom continued to express concern about the project’s potential adverse impacts on their livelihoods Tuesday afternoon.

Belfast lobster fisherman Mike Dassatt asked why taxpayer money should be used to improve the port solely for the benefit of private businesses, particularly at the expense of the fisheries.

“The lobster fishing industry, and all of the other fishing industries, are a public resource,” he said.

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