Maine Revised Statutes

§6140-B. Unlawful fishing, possession or sale of Atlantic salmon

1. Prohibition.  A person may not fish for Atlantic salmon in violation of the provisions of this Part.
[ 2007, c. 240, Pt. QQ, §9 (NEW) .]
2. Possession of parts prohibited.  A person may not possess any part of an Atlantic salmon taken from the inland or coastal waters of this State.
[ 2007, c. 240, Pt. QQ, §9 (NEW) .]
3. Sale of Atlantic salmon prohibited.  A person may not sell or offer for sale any Atlantic salmon taken from waters of the State, except Atlantic salmon lawfully raised by means of aquaculture.
[ 2007, c. 240, Pt. QQ, §9 (NEW) .]
4. Exemptions.  The following are exempt from the possession prohibitions of this section:
A. Atlantic salmon imported from outside the State; [2007, c. 240, Pt. QQ, §9 (NEW).]
B. Atlantic salmon imported by taxidermists solely for taxidermy purposes; and [2007, c. 240, Pt. QQ, §9 (NEW).]
C. Atlantic salmon raised by means of aquaculture, except that Atlantic salmon raised in a hatchery for the purpose of restoration are not exempt. [2013, c. 301, §7 (AMD).]
[ 2013, c. 301, §7 (AMD) .]
5. Incidental catch.  An individual engaged in recreational or commercial fishing for species other than Atlantic salmon does not commit a violation of this section as long as any incidental catch of an Atlantic salmon results in an immediate liberation alive into the adjacent waters of the State.
[ 2007, c. 240, Pt. QQ, §9 (NEW) .]
6. Penalty.  A person who violates this section commits a Class E crime, and the court shall impose an additional fine of $500, none of which may be suspended, for each Atlantic salmon unlawfully possessed.
[ 2007, c. 240, Pt. QQ, §9 (NEW) .]
2007, c. 240, Pt. QQ, §9 (NEW). 2013, c. 301, §7 (AMD).