Maine Revised Statutes

§6601. Commercial shellfish license

(CONTAINS TEXT WITH VARYING EFFECTIVE DATES)
1. License required.  A person may not engage in the activities authorized under this section without a current commercial shellfish license or other license issued under this Part authorizing the activities.
[ 2005, c. 434, §4 (AMD) .]
2. Licensed activities.  The holder of a commercial shellfish license may fish for, take, possess or transport shellfish within the state limits or sell shellstock the holder has taken to a wholesale seafood license holder certified under section 6856 or an enhanced retail certificate holder under section 6852, subsection 2-A. The holder may also sell shellstock the holder has taken from that license holder's home in the retail trade. This license does not authorize the holder to fish for or take shellfish in violation of a municipal ordinance adopted pursuant to section 6671.
[ 2011, c. 598, §26 (AMD) .]
2-A. (TEXT EFFECTIVE UNTIL 5/1/18) Licensed activities; aquaculture.  The holder of a commercial shellfish license who is also the holder or authorized representative of a holder of a lease issued under section 6072, 6072-A or 6072-B or a license issued under section 6072-C and personnel who are operating under the authority of such a holder of a commercial shellfish license may remove, possess, transport within the state limits or sell cultured shellfish the holder has removed from the leased area or the licensed gear to a wholesale seafood license holder certified under section 6856. Such a holder of a commercial shellfish license may also sell such shellstock from that license holder's home in the retail trade. A holder of a commercial shellfish license who is also the holder of a lease issued under section 6072 or 6072-A or that holder's authorized representative may sell such shellstock from the holder's lease site in the retail trade. The department shall establish by rule a means to identify personnel and authorized representatives operating under the authority of such a license holder. Rules adopted pursuant to this subsection are routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.
[ 2013, c. 509, §9 (AMD) .]
2-A. (TEXT REPEALED 5/1/18) Licensed activities; aquaculture. 
[ 2017, c. 296, §10 (AFF); 2017, c. 296, §6 (RP) .]
3. Eligibility.  A commercial shellfish license may be issued only to an individual who is a resident.
[ 2005, c. 434, §4 (AMD) .]
4. Personal use exception.  A person may take or possess no more than one peck of shellstock or 3 bushels of "hen" or "surf" clams for personal use in one day without a license, unless municipal ordinances further limit the taking of shellfish. This subsection does not apply to individuals whose ability to obtain a shellfish license has been suspended by the commissioner.
[ 2007, c. 54, §1 (AMD) .]
5. License fee.   Except as provided in subsection 5-A, the fee for a commercial shellfish license is $58.25.
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5-A. Exception.   The fee for a commercial shellfish license for applicants 70 years of age or older and applicants under 18 years of age is $67, which must be deposited in the Shellfish Fund established under section 6651.
[ 2017, c. 284, Pt. EEEEE, §15 (AMD) .]
6. Definition.  For the purposes of this subchapter, "shellfish" means shellstock clams, quahogs other than mahogany quahogs, and oyster shellstock.
[ 2005, c. 434, §4 (AMD) .]
7. Penalty.
[ 2001, c. 421, Pt. B, §38 (RP); 2001, c. 421, Pt. C, §1 (AFF) .]
8. Violation.  A person who violates this section commits a civil violation for which a forfeiture of not less than $100 nor more than $500 may be adjudged.
[ 2001, c. 421, Pt. B, §39 (NEW); 2001, c. 421, Pt. C, §1 (AFF) .]
SECTION HISTORY
1977, c. 661, §5 (NEW). 1979, c. 163, (AMD). 1981, c. 297, §3 (AMD). 1981, c. 480, §§4,15,16 (AMD). 1983, c. 824, Pt. K, subpt. 3, (AMD). 1985, c. 243, (AMD). 1987, c. 328, §1 (AMD). 1987, c. 826, §1 (AMD). 1989, c. 348, §5 (AMD). 1991, c. 528, §T4 (AMD). 1991, c. 528, §RRR (AFF). 1991, c. 591, §T4 (AMD). 1993, c. 281, §1 (AMD). 2001, c. 421, §§B35-39 (AMD). 2001, c. 421, §C1 (AFF). 2003, c. 20, §WW11 (AMD). 2005, c. 233, §§1,2 (AMD). 2005, c. 434, §4 (AMD). 2007, c. 54, §1 (AMD). 2007, c. 466, Pt. A, §§34, 35 (AMD). 2007, c. 522, §3 (AMD). 2009, c. 213, Pt. G, §§13, 14 (AMD). 2009, c. 217, §1 (AMD). 2011, c. 598, §26 (AMD). 2013, c. 509, §9 (AMD). 2015, c. 355, §1 (AMD). 2015, c. 355, §2 (AFF). 2017, c. 284, Pt. EEEEE, §§14, 15 (AMD). 2017, c. 296, §6 (AMD). 2017, c. 296, §10 (AFF).