An Act Regarding the Purchase of Trap Tags in the Lobster Fishery
Sec. 1. 12 MRSA §6431-F, sub-§2, as amended by PL 2005, c. 239, §2, is further amended to read:
This bill requires the Commissioner of Marine Resources to establish by rule a minimum amount of lobster or crab landings required of a Class I, Class II or Class III lobster and crab fishing license holder in order for the license holder to purchase the maximum number of trap tags available. If the license holder does not report the required amount of landings, the license holder is not eligible to purchase more than 300 trap tags in any subsequent license year. This bill also provides that a holder of a Class I, Class II or Class III lobster and crab fishing license who has not reported any lobster or crab landings to the Department of Marine Resources during the 2 years prior to January 1, 2015 may not purchase more than 300 trap tags in the license year beginning in 2016.