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Jan
27
Mon
DMR Public Hearing: Herring & Menhaden Landings Program @ DMR:- Marquardt Bldg Room 118
Jan 27 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

To read the details of the proposed rulemaking changes, please click the link below.

Chapter 8 Landings Program

BRIEF SUMMARY: This proposed rulemaking updates reporting requirements for herring and menhaden. The Primary Buyer Permit reporting elements for herring have been expanded and will be required weekly. The Herring Harvester Permit reporting requirements have been expanded and will be required daily. The Menhaden Harvester Permit has been introduced and will be required daily during the quota fisheries and weekly during the small scale fishery.

Comments are due By February 10, 2020

DMR Public Hearing: Atlantic Herring Quota Changes @ DMR:- Marquardt Bldg Room 118
Jan 27 @ 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

To read the details of the proposed rulemaking changes, please click the link below.

Chapter 36 Atlantic Herring

BRIEF SUMMARY: This proposed regulation reorganizes the Atlantic herring fishery quota for Area 1A into trimesters, as previously used. Updated definitions for landing, and carrier vessel are enclosed. The Fixed Gear Set Aside has been reduced from 39 mt to 30 mt to comply with 2020 specifications.

Comments are due By February 10, 2020

DMR Public Hearing: Atlantic Menhaden Reporting of Landings @ DMR:- Marquardt Bldg Room 118
Jan 27 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

To read the details of the proposed rulemaking changes, please click the link below.

Chapter 41 Atlantic Menhaden

BRIEF SUMMARY: This proposed rulemaking amends the reporting of menhaden landings; reporting through an approved electronic option will be required. State and episodic fisheries remain at daily reporting. The Incidental and Small Scale fishery is amended to a weekly reporting requirement. This rulemaking introduces a personal use bait permit that will allow harvesters to use a bait gillnet to take three barrels of menhaden daily, separate from all other menhaden fishery activity. Carrier vessels are defined and effort restrictions for their activity have been described. Harvester vessels may make one transfer of menhaden to a carrier vessel per calendar day. Carrier vessels are prohibited from participating in the Incidental and Small Scale fishery.

Comments are due By February 10, 2020

DMR Public Hearing on Striped Bass @ DMR:- Marquardt Bldg Room 118
Jan 27 @ 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Chapter 42: Striped Bass
Currently, it is unlawful for any person to take or possess striped bass which are less than 28 inches in total length. This proposed rule modifies the existing regulatory requirement by adding a maximum size limit, such that it is also unlawful for any person to take or possess striped bass which are 35 inches in total length or longer. This rule change is needed to come into compliance with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Addendum VI to Amendment 6 to the Atlantic Striped Bass Interstate Fishery Management Plan, which is intended to address the overfishing status of the stock.

Click here to see the proposed changes: Striped bass Proposed Reg

A second hearing willl take place on January 30th at the Yarmouth Log Cabin. (Snow date scheduled for January 31, 2020 2:30 pm, DMR Offices, RM 118 Marquardt Building, 32 Blossom
Lane, Augusta ME)

Written Comments are due by February 10th, 2020

Jan
30
Thu
DMR Public Hearing on Striped Bass @ Yarmouth Log Cabin
Jan 30 @ 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Chapter 42: Striped Bass
Currently, it is unlawful for any person to take or possess striped bass which are less than 28 inches in total length. This proposed rule modifies the existing regulatory requirement by adding a maximum size limit, such that it is also unlawful for any person to take or possess striped bass which are 35 inches in total length or longer. This rule change is needed to come into compliance with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Addendum VI to Amendment 6 to the Atlantic Striped Bass Interstate Fishery Management Plan, which is intended to address the overfishing status of the stock.

Click here to see the proposed changes: Striped bass Proposed Reg

Snow date scheduled for January 31, 2020 2:30 pm, DMR Offices, RM 118 Marquardt Building, 32 Blossom Lane, Augusta ME

Written Comments are due by February 10th, 2020

Feb
4
Tue
Zone D Council Meeting @ Rockland Ferry Terminal
Feb 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The primary agenda items for this round of lobster zone council meetings is to discuss Maine’s Whale Proposal and to vote on the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative (MLMC) Board nominations.

 

This past summer we asked the Lobster Zone Council members to provide nominees for the MLMC Board Harvester seats.  We are asking the Council members to provide those names at the January 9th Zone C Meeting for discussion.  The law states that each lobster zone council shall submit up to three harvester seat nominees from its zone for consideration.  As a reminder, a harvester nominee does not need to be a harvester but should represent the interests of the lobster management zones.  There are four appointed harvester representatives on the MLMC Board.

 

The hope is that the Lobster Zone Council members will be able to make Harvester seat recommendations at the January/February round of lobster zone council meetings.

 

Please see the draft agenda below (to be posted when available).