Will it be possible to tow over the designated cable area? Currently with no cable buried in the cable area, fishermen regularly drag for scallops and that area near Port Clyde is important for that harvest.


Under state statute, as administered by the Department of Marine Resources, the existing charted cable way prohibits mobile gear activities like trawling and dragging (Maine DMR statute Title 12, Part 9, Subpart 2, Chapter 627 §6954). Fixed gear, like lobster traps, are allowed. The January 2018 geophysical survey of the subsea cable path will identify areas where the cable can be buried or can be ballasted over rocky bottom. MAV is willing to work with DMR and the fishing community to determine permissible fishing activities over the cable path.