Maine LD 896: An Act To Improve Lobster Licensing

LD 896 (subjects: LOBSTERS , LICENSING )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=896&PID=1456&snum=127


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Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Robert Alley of Beals: (D – District 138) — e-mail

9 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
3/12/2015 House Committee on Marine Resources suggested and ordered printed.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on MARINE RESOURCES.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
3/12/2015 Senate On motion by Senator Baker of Sagadahoc, REFERRED to the Committee on Marine Resources, in concurrence.
5/20/2015 House Reports READ.
On motion of Representative KUMIEGA of Deer Isle, the Majority Ought Not to Pass Report was ACCEPTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
5/21/2015 Senate Reports READ.
On motion by Senator BAKER of Sagadahoc the Majority Ought Not to Pass Report ACCEPTED, in concurrence.
Placed in the Legislative Files (DEAD).

Bill Text

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An Act To Improve Lobster Licensing

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 12 MRSA 6421, sub- 5, as amended by PL 2011, c. 486, 1, is further amended to read:

5. Eligibility. A noncommercial or student lobster and crab fishing license may only be issued only to an individual who is a resident. A Class I, Class II or Class III license may be issued to a person 17 years of age or older only if the person:

A. Possessed a Class I, Class II or Class III lobster and crab fishing license in the previous calendar year;
C. Meets the requirements of the apprentice program under section 6422; or
D. Did not possess a Class I, Class II or Class III lobster and crab fishing license in the previous calendar year because the commissioner had suspended the person’s license privileges for a length of time that included the previous calendar year . ; or
I. Is a retired marine patrol officer who qualifies for a service retirement benefit under section 17851 or 17851-A of Title 5.

Notwithstanding the age requirements of this subsection, a person who holds a Class I, Class II or Class III license on December 31, 2007 may continue to be issued a Class I, Class II or Class III license provided that person continues to meet the requirements of paragraph A.

Sec. 2. 12 MRSA 6421, sub- 5-F is enacted to read:

5-F. Transfer of license upon sale of vessel and lobster and crab fishing traps. A holder of a Class I, Class II or Class III lobster and crab fishing license may transfer the license to a person who has completed the apprentice program under section 6422, as long as the transferor notifies the department and the following conditions are met:

A. The transferor holds a valid Class I, Class II or Class III lobster and crab fishing license as of the date of the sale;
B. The transferor of the license sells to the transferee of the license the vessel used for lobster and crab fishing under the transferor’s license, as described in section 6431-E;
C. The transferee of the license purchases at least as many lobster and crab fishing traps from the transferor as the number of trap tags the transferee is eligible to purchase in the current license year; and
D. The transferor transfers the license, vessel and lobster and crab fishing traps to the transferor’s spouse, brother, sister, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, parent by blood, parent by adoption, mother-in-law, father-in-law, child by blood, child by adoption, stepchild, stepparent, grandchild, grandparent, nephew or niece.

Notwithstanding section 6448, the transferee of a lobster and crab fishing license under this section may be issued the license the transferee is eligible for at the date of sale without going on a waiting list. The commissioner shall adopt rules to implement the provisions of this subsection. Rules adopted pursuant to this subsection are routine technical rules pursuant to Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.

Sec. 3. 12 MRSA 6431-A, sub- 1-A is enacted to read:

1-A. Limit; retired marine patrol officer. A person who is eligible for a lobster and crab fishing license solely under section 6421, subsection 5, paragraph I may not submerge more than 400 traps.

Sec. 4. 12 MRSA 6445, as amended by PL 1999, c. 771, Pt. B, 3 and affected by Pt. D, 1 and 2, is further amended to read:

6445. Logbooks for lobster harvesters

The commissioner shall adopt rules requiring any person holding a lobster and crab fishing license to maintain a logbook. The rules must indicate the type of data that must be recorded in the logbook, the manner for producing the logbooks and the method for analyzing data from the logbooks. The commissioner may not require that a logbook maintained under this section be produced for inspection more than 4 times during any 10-year period. The commissioner shall charge a fee for the logbook that is sufficient to recover all costs associated with the production of the logbook and the analysis of the data. Fees received by the department from the sale of logbooks are dedicated revenue and must be used by the department for the purposes of this section. The logbook and data analysis may be produced and conducted by the department or may be produced and conducted by a public or private entity under contract with the department. Disclosure of any data collected under this section is subject to the confidentiality provisions of section 6173. A person who fails to maintain a logbook when required to do so commits a civil violation for which a forfeiture of not less than $100 and not more than $500 may be adjudged. Rules adopted pursuant to this section are routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.

summary

This bill provides that the holder of a Class I, Class II or Class III lobster and crab fishing license may transfer the license to the buyer of the transferor’s vessel and lobster and crab fishing traps if the transferee has completed the apprentice program under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 12, section 6422. This bill further provides that a retired marine patrol officer is eligible for a lobster and crab fishing license with a 400 trap limit. This bill also provides that a logbook maintained by a holder of a lobster and crab fishing license may not be inspected by the Commissioner of Marine Resources more than 4 times in any 10-year period.

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