This Feb. 2, 2018 photo shows heavy equipment moving newly pumped sand around on the beach in Beach Haven N.J. Credit: Wayne Parry / AP

BLUE HILL, Maine — Authorities in Maine are collecting public comments about the potential impact to the fishing industry of a proposed federal dredging project in the Blue Hill area.

The Army Corp of Engineers and the town of Blue Hill want to create a federal navigation channel in Blue Hill Harbor. It would be an 80-foot wide channel from deep water to the town landing, documents state.

The Maine Department of Marine Resources is collecting comments about the potential impacts of the dredging until Jan. 25. The marine resources department will provide an assessment of the fishing industry impacts to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

The dredging is expected to begin in November and take five months.