Tag Archives: Maine Department of Marine Resources

Maine Legislators Make Attempt to Regulate Scallop Fishery

The Maine Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources will hear a bill Wednesday that would put additional regulations on Maine’s scallop fishery at a time when the fishery is growing in both volume and value. The Bill, “An Act To … Continue reading

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2014 Maine Elver Season Delayed by Emergency Rulemaking

The Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) today officially delayed the start of the 2014 elver harvesting season by emergency rule-making. Elvers, which are an early life stage of the American eel, are big money in Maine, with prices skyrocketing … Continue reading

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Rule Changes and New Regulations for Embattled Maine Urchin Fishery

Yesterday, in the name of conservation, the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) adopted rule changes and regulations for the State’s 2013-14 sea urchin season. The green sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis), which was little more than a pest to Maine … Continue reading

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Maine Senate Votes Down Another Lobster Bycatch Bill

Today the Maine Senate voted 28-7 to defeat L.D. 1549, “An Act To Provide an Exemption for Incidentally Caught Lobsters.” The Bill, which I wrote about last week, is the latest in a series of legislative actions attempting to help save … Continue reading

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Unanimous Committee Vote on LD 1097

Today was potentially make-or-break day for LD 1097, a bill that would make it legal for groundfishermen to land lobster bycatch in Maine. In a unanimous vote today, the Maine Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources voted down the Bill, suggesting … Continue reading

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Managing the Social, Economic and Environmental Components of the Maine Lobster Fishery

“Every fisherman must recognize that we cannot dismiss or trade one element for another and expect our communities to thrive. Long-term sustainability requires the management of [social, economic and environmental components] in concert.” -Matinicus Island Fisher Michael J. Ames in … Continue reading

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Maine Gets Tough on Elver Fishery Violations

The Maine Marine Patrol charged Dale A. Boyington of Rockland with illegal possession of elvers last week. Boyington was allegedy caught with 11 pounds of elvers with an estimated value of $22,100. Boyington is scheduled to appear in Biddeford District Court … Continue reading

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