100% lobster harvester reporting in effect

AUGUSTA — Jan. 1 marked the start of a 100% reporting requirement for lobster harvesters statewide.

Until now, Maine harvesters were required to report 10% of their haul, although dealers fell under the 100% reporting requirement.

“All of this is vital to understanding the real footprint of the fishery, to make sure that if and when future management measures are developed, they can be targeted appropriately. Without that information, management measures end up being much broader than necessary, because we don’t have that fine-scale information,” Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher wrote in a letter reminding harvesters of the Jan. 1 start date.

Lobster Institute to host U.S.-Canada ‘town meeting’ on whale issues

PORTLAND — The Lobster Institute at the University of Maine will hold a Feb. 3-4 meeting in Portland for U.S. and Canada fishermen, managers and researchers.

The cross-border forum was last held in 2020 and addresses “pressing issues affecting the lobster industry in the U.S. and Canada,” according to a Jan. 9 press release. Billed as a “unique opportunity for cross-border dialogue among fisherman, managers and researchers,” the agenda includes impacts of regulations on harvesters, impacts on markets, solutions and technology and shifting distributions of marine species in a changing climate.

The event will be held at the Mariners Church Event Center at 368 Fore St. Register online at umaine.edu/lobsterinstitute/events/2023uscanlobstertm.

Swan’s Island scoping session set

SWAN’S ISLAND — A scoping session for a proposed 20-year, 10-acre aquaculture lease site in Burnt Cove Harbor, on the north side of Mill Pond, will be held Jan. 23 at the town office at 4 p.m.

Jason and Joshua Joyce seek to grow up to 2 million Eastern oysters using suspended and bottom gear aquaculture methods, with part of the site above the mean low water line.

The applicants will explain their proposal and receive feedback from the public before submitting a final application and holding a public hearing. View the draft lease application at www.maine.gov/dmr/sites/maine.gov.dmr/files/inline-files/COMPLETE_11.30.22.pdf.

Written comments must be received by 5 p.m. on Feb. 7, emailed to DMRaquaculture@maine.gov or mailed to Maine Department of Marine Resources, Attn: Aquaculture Division, 21 SHS, Augusta, ME 04333-0021.


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