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DMR has announced proposed state regulations to get better spatial information from harvester reporting and implement new gear marking requirements for the lobster fishery in 2020. DMR will hold a public hearing at their office in Augusta on Oct 2 at 3:30 and 4pm.
Chapter 8-Landings (This filing would also update Chapters 36 and 41): This proposed rule would update reporting requirements for lobster license holders to replace “distance from shore” with a 10-minute square, and also require the reporting of the number of endlines hauled that fishing trip. It would replace references to the IVR herring permit in Chapters 8 and 36 with a herring permit. Finally, it would require individuals intending to participate in the menhaden fishery to obtain a menhaden permit on their commercial pelagic and anadromous license, to facilitate proper reporting in that fishery as required in Chapter 41. Public hearing October 2, 2019, 3:30PM, DMR Augusta Office, Augusta
Chapter 75-Protected Resources: There is an existing regulatory requirement for persons fishing lobster gear and trap/pot gear to mark their buoy lines with specific red marks in the sliver area and in federal waters. This proposed regulation removes the requirement for the red marks and would instead require persons fishing lobster gear and trap/pot gear in all Maine coastal waters to mark their buoy line with three purple 12-inch marks: one at the top of the buoy line, one midway along the buoy line, and one at the bottom of the buoy line. In addition, each buoy line must be marked with a 36-inch purple mark in the top two fathom of buoy line. Finally, all lobster gear and trap/pot gear fished from head of tide out to the Exemption line would be required to have an additional green mark of a minimum of 6-inches in the top two fathom of buoy line. The new marking requirements would be required to be in place by April 1, 2020. Public hearing October 2 at 4:00 PM, DMR Offices Marquardt Building Room 118.
|To view the complete filing for the respective rule, please click here. Written comments need to be submitted by the deadline noted in the filing. Written comments may be emailed, mailed, or faxed to the address provided below.
Mail: Maine Department of Marine Resources
Attn: Amanda Ellis
21 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0021