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DEPT. OF MARINE RESOURCES
Municipal Shellfish Conservation Warden Information
A town with a municipal shellfish ordinance needs to enforce the ordinance. Municipal conservation shellfish wardens are hired by the town(s) to patrol flats, ensure diggers are properly licensed, and ensure digging activities are legal.
Please contact Michelle Mason Webber if you have any questions about warden certification. Her office phone number is 207-624-6570.
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Regulations regarding municipal wardens
Wardens need to comply with DMR Chapter 4 Regulations. Select the link for the list of DMR Regulations.
Warden Certification Application
People who want to become a municipal shellfish conservation warden must fill out and submit an application to become certified, and attach proof of trainings. Select this link to download the application: New Certification for Shellfish Conservation Warden (18 KB, pdf). Please return the form to Michelle Mason Webber by using the contact information at the top of the form. Signing the form authorizes the DMR to check the applicant's background for a criminal record. If an applicant wishes to have the power of arrest and/or carries a firearm, they must complete the appropriate Maine Criminal Justice Academy course prior to DMR certification.
Applications should be received by March 1 in order for the person to be included in the next DMR warden training. DMR Training usually takes place in March or April at the University of Maine's Hutchinson Center in Belfast, Maine. Wardens will be notified about the training dates by Michelle in January or February.
Warden Training Information
Untrained people have up to 1 (one) year to attend the DMR Warden training in order to become certified. Wardens with no other enforcement training cannot enforce a town ordinance until they are trained by the DMR.
Trained and certified wardens must attend the DMR training every 3 (three) years in order to retain their certification.
Wardens who haven’t completed the Maine Criminal Justice Academy pre-law enforcement training (also known as the 100-hour course) or who aren’t certified law enforcement officers must complete an online training, as well as the in-person training, before they can be certified as a municipal shellfish warden. The online training needs to be completed only once by a warden. Wardens will still attend in-person training every three years for a refresher session.
This online training was developed to give wardens valuable information regarding foundations of law enforcement; laws and legal issues; use of force, arrest and liability; human relations; and vital skills. There is a short quiz at the end of every segment, and you must pass all of the quizzes in order to complete the online training.
Certified copies of legal notices
Municipal wardens who need certified copies of emergency pollution or red tide legal notices can contact Michelle Mason Webber at 624-6570. She is a notary public and can get you a certified copy. Note: Please let Michelle know that you need the certified copy at least two weeks before your court date, so she can process your request. Michelle will mail the certified copy to the warden's residence address on file.
***For certification of clam rings, contact the Department of Agriculture's Weights and Measures
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