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Department of Marine Resources Regulations (13 188)

Please select the Chapter number below to see the text of the regulation. All chapter links are small (less than 250kb except where indicated) PDF files, which may require Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader software (download here free) to view or print.  If you require an alternate format, please contact Kevin Rousseau.

If you have any questions concerning these regulations please contact the Dept. of Marine Resources at 207-624-6550, your nearest Marine Patrol office or officer, or the Secretary of State Division of Rules, Commissions and Admin., APA Office.

WARNING: While we have taken care with the accuracy of the files accessible here, they are not "official" state rules in the sense that they can be used before a court. Anyone who needs a certified copy of a rule chapter should contact the APA Office. Anyone who needs additional administrative information about a chapter should check the Secretary of State's website; be advised that those chapters may not be up-to-date.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1   Watercraft Excise Tax Decal
Chapter 2   Aquaculture Lease Regulations
Chapter 3   Foreign Fish Processing within the State of Maine’s Internal Waters
Chapter 4   Certification, Recertification, Revocation of Certification for Municipal Shellfish Conservation Warden
Chapter 5   Confidentiality of Fisheries Statistics
Chapter 6   Lobster Processing
Chapter 7   Requirements for Municipalities Having Shellfish Conservation Programs
Chapter 8   Landings Program
Chapter 9   Harvester: Shellstock Harvesting, Handling and Sanitation
Chapter 10 Clams and Quahogs
Chapter 11 Scallops
Chapter 12 Mussels
Chapter 13 Whelks and Periwinkles
Chapter 14 Oysters
Chapter 15 General Shellfish Sanitation Requirements
Chapter 16 Uniform Physical Plant Equipment and Operation Requirements
Chapter 17 Shucker-Packer
Chapter 18 Shellstock Shipper
Chapter 19 Reshipper
Chapter 20 Depuration
Chapter 21 Shellfish Relay
Chapter 22 Retail Shellfish
Chapter 23 Standards for Closure of Contaminated or Polluted Flats
Chapter 24 Importation of Live Marine Organisms
Chapter 25 Lobster and Crab
     Appendices from the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for American Lobster:
     Amendment 3 (396 KB)
     Amendment 3 Addendum I (548 KB)
     Amendment 3 Addendum II (32 KB)
     Amendment 3 Addendum III (53 KB)
     Amendment 3 Addendum III Technical Addendum #1 (981 KB)
     Amendment III Addendum IV (492 KB)

Chapter 26 Sea Urchin
Chapter 27 Sea Cucumber
Chapter 28 Marine Worms
Chapter 29 Seaweed
Chapter 30 River Herring
Chapter 31 Horseshoe Crabs
Chapter 32 Eels
Chapter 34 Groundfish
Chapter 36 Herring
Chapter 37 Freshwater Fish Regulations
Chapter 39 Sturgeon
Chapter 40 Smelts
Chapter 41 Menhaden
Chapter 42 Striped Bass
Chapter 43 Bluefish
Chapter 44 American Shad
Chapter 45 Shrimp
Chapter 49 Shellfish Bait Regulations
Chapter 50 Spiny Dogfish and Coastal Sharks
Chapter 51 Black Sea Bass
Chapter 55 Gear Restrictions
Chapter 60 Resource Management Plan
     Lower Kennebec River Anadromous Fish Restoration Plan and Inland Fisheries Management Overview: Cover Page (1.4 MB)
     Strategic Plan and Operational Plan for the Restoration of Shad and Alewives to the Kennebec River Above Augusta: Foreword (3.7 MB)
     The Strategic Plan for the Restoration of Shad and Alewives to the Kennebec River Above Augusta (27.9 MB)
     Operational Plan for the Restoration of Shad and Alewives to the Kennebec River (34.0 MB)
     Atlantic Salmon Management in the Kennebec River (20.6 MB)
     Appendix A: Summary of Water Quality in the Kennebec River Basin (7.3 MB)
     Appendix B: Lower Kennebec River Inland Fisheries Management Overview (15.6 MB)
     Appendix I: Kennebec River Brown Trout Management Plan (4.2 MB)
     Sandy River Brown Trout Management Plan (1.6 MB)
     Amendment One to the Saco River Strategic Plan for Fisheries Management (5.6 MB)
Chapter 65   Burnt Island, Living Lighthouse and facilities
Chapter 70   Cable Area Prohibitions
Chapter 75   Protected Resources
Chapter 80   Commercial Pelagic and Anadromous Fishing License
Chapter 85   Saltwater Fishing Registry
Chapter 90   Conservation Areas
Chapter 95   Closed Pollution Areas
Chapter 96   Closed Areas – Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning
Chapter 100 Grievance Procedures for the Handicapped
Chapter 105 Safety Regulations
Chapter 110 Marine Harvesting Demonstration License

Shellfish Laws and Regulations as of January 2013- pdf file, 197 pages, 1.03 mb   (May require Adobe Reader software (dowload free here) to view or print.)