An Act To Require Biodegradable Hooks and Lures for Freshwater Fishing
Sec. 1. 12 MRSA §10001, sub-§8-A is enacted to read:
Sec. 2. 12 MRSA §12665 is enacted to read:
§ 12665. Unlawful use of nonbiodegradable hooks or artificial lures
Beginning January 1, 2024, a person may not fish in inland waters using a hook or an artificial lure unless the hook is composed wholly of biodegradable materials and those rubber or plastic portions of the artificial lure are composed wholly of biodegradable materials. A person who violates this section commits a Class E crime.
Beginning January 1, 2024, this bill prohibits fishing in inland waters using nonbiodegradable hooks or certain nonbiodegradable artificial lures. A person who violates this prohibition commits a Class E crime.