SEARSPORT, Maine — Lobstermen, environmentalists and others concerned about the health of upper Penobscot Bay crowded into Searsport District High School cafeteria Tuesday night to share their thoughts about a proposed $12 million Searsport Harbor dredging project.

Many wore red shirts as a sign of solidarity during the Maine Department of Marine Resources public hearing on the impact to the fishing industry of the dredging project. All who spoke warned of the possible negative effects the dredging and dumping of 900,000 cubic yards of silt and sediment could have on the bay.

“The spoils from this project might affect my ability to make a living,” David Black, who lives in Belfast and has been a lobsterman in the area for 50 years, said. “I’m not opposed to maintenance dredging, but I am opposed to this project.”

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