An Act To Promote Equity in the Elver Aquaculture Quota
Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, the Department of Marine Resources must begin the process of organizing a lottery and adopting any necessary rules as soon as possible to meet the 2020 application deadline established in this Act; and
Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,
Sec. 1. 12 MRSA §6505-A, sub-§2-D is enacted to read:
The commissioner shall assign the quota allocated specifically for use in aquaculture in 5-pound increments to each successful lottery applicant. A successful applicant shall sell all elvers caught pursuant to this subsection to an aquaculture facility approved by the commissioner.
The commissioner may adopt rules to implement the lottery under this subsection, including provisions for the method and administration of the lottery. Rules adopted pursuant to this subsection are routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.
Twenty-five dollars of the application fee collected under this subsection must be deposited in the Eel and Elver Management Fund established in section 6505-D and used to fund a life-cycle study of the elver fishery. Ten dollars of the application fee may be used by the department to fund the costs of administering the lottery.
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.
This bill requires the Commissioner of Marine Resources to establish an elver fishing lottery if the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission allocates an elver quota specifically for use in aquaculture. To be eligible to apply to the aquaculture lottery, a person must hold a valid elver fishing license. The bill requires the commissioner to allocate the quota in 5-pound increments to each successful lottery applicant and requires that elvers caught as a result of this lottery be sold to an aquaculture facility approved by the commissioner. Twenty-five dollars of the $35 application fee is required to be deposited in the Eel and Elver Management Fund for a life-cycle study of the elver fishery, and $10 of the fee may be used by the department to fund the costs of administering the lottery.