An Act To Improve Lobster Licensing
Sec. 1. 12 MRSA §6421, sub-§5, as amended by PL 2011, c. 486, §1, is further amended to read:
Notwithstanding the age requirements of this subsection, a person who holds a Class I, Class II or Class III license on December 31, 2007 may continue to be issued a Class I, Class II or Class III license provided that person continues to meet the requirements of paragraph A.
Sec. 2. 12 MRSA §6421, sub-§5-F is enacted to read:
Notwithstanding section 6448, the transferee of a lobster and crab fishing license under this section may be issued the license the transferee is eligible for at the date of sale without going on a waiting list. The commissioner shall adopt rules to implement the provisions of this subsection. Rules adopted pursuant to this subsection are routine technical rules pursuant to Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.
Sec. 3. 12 MRSA §6431-A, sub-§1-A is enacted to read:
Sec. 4. 12 MRSA §6445, as amended by PL 1999, c. 771, Pt. B, §3 and affected by Pt. D, §§1 and 2, is further amended to read:
§ 6445. Logbooks for lobster harvesters
The commissioner shall adopt rules requiring any person holding a lobster and crab fishing license to maintain a logbook. The rules must indicate the type of data that must be recorded in the logbook, the manner for producing the logbooks and the method for analyzing data from the logbooks. The commissioner may not require that a logbook maintained under this section be produced for inspection more than 4 times during any 10-year period. The commissioner shall charge a fee for the logbook that is sufficient to recover all costs associated with the production of the logbook and the analysis of the data. Fees received by the department from the sale of logbooks are dedicated revenue and must be used by the department for the purposes of this section. The logbook and data analysis may be produced and conducted by the department or may be produced and conducted by a public or private entity under contract with the department. Disclosure of any data collected under this section is subject to the confidentiality provisions of section 6173. A person who fails to maintain a logbook when required to do so commits a civil violation for which a forfeiture of not less than $100 and not more than $500 may be adjudged. Rules adopted pursuant to this section are routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.
This bill provides that the holder of a Class I, Class II or Class III lobster and crab fishing license may transfer the license to the buyer of the transferor's vessel and lobster and crab fishing traps if the transferee has completed the apprentice program under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 12, section 6422. This bill further provides that a retired marine patrol officer is eligible for a lobster and crab fishing license with a 400 trap limit. This bill also provides that a logbook maintained by a holder of a lobster and crab fishing license may not be inspected by the Commissioner of Marine Resources more than 4 times in any 10-year period.