A7HK2D North America, US, ME, Aerial. Porcupine Islands in Frenchman Bay.

Welcome to Friends of Frenchman Bay. Thanks for your interest. We need you!.

Frenchman Bay is a breathtaking and wild ecosystem, bound on two sides by Acadia National Park. Friends of Frenchman Bay is a group of people who live in towns around the Bay or visit this unique spot on earth. Our current primary battle is working to protect Frenchman Bay from newly proposed large scale industrial fish farming in the bay.  We value the dark starry skies, the marine life, the cold, clear waters, and clean air.


Industrial Salmon Farm

  • When built, American Aquafarms’ plant in Maine will be the world’s largest full-cycle aquaculture facility based on closed cages in the sea.”  (These are actually semi-closed, NOT closed containment)- quote from Intrafish trade publication 3/31/21 

6/18/21  Info and How to Help  Below:

DMR Scoping session criteria to discuss- Wednesday June 23rd 4:30pm, zoom link below:


American Aquafarms opposition update 6.10.21

NPCA fact sheet

Top concerns


The DMR has posted Draft Standard Lease Applications for American Aquafarms proposed lease areas near Bald Rock and Long Porcupine Island.
Scoping session is set for 6/23/21 by zoom at 4:30 pm (link above).
email the DMR at DMRaquaculture@maine.gov and request that the scoping session be held in person as well as on “zoom”. Link to rules regarding scoping sessions below (due to covid the applicant gets to choose zoom only, and this is what they have done)
The DMR has deemed the “draft” applications as adequate to conduct a scoping session, but they have not been found complete. The purpose of the scoping session is to collect information on the draft applications from the public. It is not a public hearing, which is required once the DMR deems the applications complete.
The DEP application is in process. Here is a link to the very large (yet still incomplete) volume of application materials: https://www.maine.gov/dep/ftp/projects/american-aquafarms/applications/mepdes/   
DEP accepted the application on 6/9/21, and people should write to the DEP before 6/28/21 asking for a public hearing on the application.
We should ask for a public hearing on water pollution, air pollution issues and land based pollution permits at the same time, not only water. The request must indicate the interest of the person filing the request and specify the reasons why a hearing is warranted. 
Request to DEP:

We know that large scale fish farming in the bay will forever change the intrinsic natural qualities that make Frenchman Bay a beloved national treasure, and threatens the generational livelihoods of lobstermen (and women) of the bay . Two Aquaculture sites of 60 and 60 acres, composed of 30 pens, each 150 feet wide (the green squares in this map), raising 66 million pounds of salmon annually, are proposed for large industrialized salmon farms off the Porcupines and near bald rock. No environmental assessments have yet been undertaken. Click on our Industrial Fin Fish Farm page to learn more: http://friendsoffrenchmanbay.org/industrial-fin-fish-farm/

Please contact us through our Facebook page or via the email icon on this page. Donations are accepted by donate button on this site or at Friends of Frenchman Bay, Box 533, Mt. Desert, Maine, 04660.

We are an all volunteer Community Association.

We continue to stand against an outsized cruise ship pier previously proposed for Bar Harbor.

These gifts of unspoiled nature cannot be assessed in financial terms. “Once destroyed, nature’s beauty cannot be repurchased at any price.” – Ansel Adams