Maine Revised Statutes

§6052. Specific department activities

The department, under the direction of the commissioner, may also: [1977, c. 661, §5 (NEW).]

1. Extension.  Serve as the primary state agency to assist members of the fishing industries by providing technical and managerial assistance, including development of gear and techniques of fishing, within departmental capability;
[ 1977, c. 661, §5 (NEW) .]
2. Education.  Conduct educational programs on all educational levels, including the training of teachers, conducting workshops and instructional programs, and developing curriculum, courses and texts for elementary and secondary students; provide access to and information on department facilities for any student; and develop and distribute information concerning marine resources and departmental programs and facilities;
[ 1977, c. 661, §5 (NEW) .]
3. Marketing.  Except for aquaculture, serve as the primary state agency providing promotional and marketing assistance to the commercial fishing industries, including assisting in marketing seafood, stimulating of consumer interest in and consumption of seafood, increasing the sales of seafood domestically and abroad, supporting and expanding existing markets and developing new markets for traditional and underutilized species;
[ 2003, c. 660, Pt. A, §2 (AMD) .]
4. Research.  Serve as the primary state agency engaging in research for the conservation of marine resources; and engage in all aspects of marine research, including:
A. Providing information on stock levels and environments of commercially and recreationally valuable marine and anadromous fish organisms; [1987, c. 599, §2 (AMD).]
B. Solving particular problems that relate to the State's commercial, marine recreational and anadromous fishing industry; [1991, c. 285, §1 (AMD).]
C. Providing technical and scientific information and support for all department activities; and [1991, c. 285, §2 (AMD).]
D. Establishing a marine research revolving fund for soliciting and receiving funds for conducting marine research. A marine research fund established under this paragraph may be used only for research purposes set forth under paragraphs A and B and may not be used for research specific to any one company; and [2003, c. 60, §3 (AMD).]
[ 2003, c. 60, §3 (AMD) .]
5. Safety and security services.  Provide safety and security services in the coastal waters of the State. The department shall coordinate with other local, state and federal agencies when the department provides such safety and security services.
[ 2003, c. 60, §4 (NEW) .]
SECTION HISTORY
1977, c. 661, §5 (NEW). 1987, c. 599, §2 (AMD). 1991, c. 285, §§1-3 (AMD). 2003, c. 60, §§2-4 (AMD). 2003, c. 660, §A2 (AMD).