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Maine Lobster Zone A Council Meeting Minutes, January 6, 2010
Zone A Meeting
Election of Officers – keep the same
Laura Ludwig – DMR & GOMLF – Ghost gear update
LAC Update – unanimous no tiered license system. Does info get out well enough? Wet storage penalty and discussion on 3 yr. license suspension for trap molestation. Double tagging to be voted on for Zones B & C. 49%/51% a non issue for Zone A.
Disc. on Legislative Session. G. Lapointe attended - spoke on state budget. Will be heard before Appropriations 1/7. DMR needed to contribute to the 1.2 million in savings to avoid further cuts. He recommended contacting your rep. for your input. Consolidation of warden services. G.L. asked for input from Zone Council on saltwater licensing – should state have the lead? Feds will take it over in 2 years – Does zone endorse – straw poll vote to support.
Discussion on licensing processors to handle claw and knuckle meat.
Discussed bill that would allow Commissioner to close an area to fishing for public safety and welfare concerns.
Discussed license for bait fishing
Discussion on end line log – Will be sent again next year
G.L. overview on ocean energy – U Maine – wind power – pay attention to permitting
Marketing – bigger & better
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