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Maine Groundfish Permit Bank

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The Maine DMR established the Maine Permit Bank Program (MPBP) in 2010 with a $2,999,999 grant from the National Atmospheric and Oceanographic Administration’s (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). DMR utilized the majority of the funds to purchase a total of eleven Federal Northeast Multispecies Permits with the purpose to assist small scale fishermen (vessels less than 55’ vessels) as required by the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the DMR and NMFS. These permits will provide immediate and long term benefits to Maine’s groundfish industry by supplementing and maintaining continued access to groundfish stocks and fishing privileges associated with these permits. Maine DMR and NMFS intend for this Permit Bank to achieve the following objectives:

  • To secure continued access to fishery resources for local, small-scale fishermen from small fishing communities throughout Maine;
  • To create and protect sustainable local fisheries;
  • To supplement existing access rights held by fishermen in small Maine communities; and
  • To mitigate the effects of fishing effort consolidation on small-scale fishermen and rural fishing communities in Maine.

The MPBP is operating under the April 2013 MOA for the 2013 fishing year.

More details about the permit bank are available below, or contact DMR's Trisha Cheney.cod