Maine Lobster Limited Entry and Apprentice Program
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- Eligibility criteria for Maine students who want to start lobstering (effective April 5, 2016)
- Lobster limited entry brochure, August 2017- pdf file, 2 pages
- Apprentice program brochure, August 2017- pdf file, 2 pages
- Apprentice log sheet - pdf file, 24 kb or
Apprentice log sheet - MS Excel file, 39 kb - requires software than can open a MS Excel file
- Log sheet submission deadline info (within 30 days of 250th hour) - pdf file, 32 kb
- Zone Waiting Lists - last updated July 12, 2021
Maine Lobster Island Limited Entry Program
Effective September 12, 2009, a law was enacted to protect the long-term viability of island lobster fishing communities. This law allows year-round island communities to petition the Commissioner for the establishment of an island limited entry program in order to maintain a number of lobster licenses appropriate for the needs of their island community and the local lobster resource.
Zone B - Cranberry Islands
There is a newly established island limited entry program for the Cranberry Islands. This new program requires the Department to establish a new island license waiting list for the Cranberry Islands, separate from the waiting list for Zone B. If you are interested in obtaining a Zone B lobster license by becoming a resident of the Cranberry Islands, please complete the Cranberry Island limited entry form found on this webpage. Your name will be placed on the waiting list based upon the date we receive the Island Lobster License Declaration Form.
Zone F – Cliff Island and Chebeague Island
There is also a newly established island limited entry program for two Casco Bay islands. This new program requires the Department to establish new island license waiting lists for Chebeague Island and for Cliff Island, separate from the waiting list for Zone F. If you are interested in obtaining a Zone F lobster license by becoming a resident of either Cliff Island or Chebeague Island, please complete the Cliff Island or Chebeague Island limited entry form found on this webpage. Your name will be placed on the relevant waiting list based upon the date we receive the Island Lobster License Declaration Form.
For more information, please contact Loraine Morris at 624-6553 or find her e-mail address here.