Maine Lobster and Crab Bait Information

APPROVED MARINE SPECIES

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Species Restrictions Region of Origin
Any Species in the NEFMC Groundfish Complex Gulf of Maine or Georges Bank
Atlantic Cod   US East Coast & Canada East Coast

Atlantic Herring

 

US East Coast & Canada East Coast

Balao (Hemiramphus balao) Must be frozen Florida/FAO 31
Ballyhoo (Hemiramphus brasiliensis) Must be frozen Florida/FAO 31
Blackbelly Rosefish (Helicolenus dactylopterus) Must be frozen and chain of custody must be maintained. Uruguay
Croaker US East Coast
Halibut   Atlantic & Pacific Ocean
Gulf Menhaden (Brevoortia patronus) Must be frozen Gulf of Mexico
Jamaican Weakfish (Cynoscion jamaicensis) Wild caught, frozen, racks only Suriname
King Weakfish (Macrodon ancylodon) Wild caught, frozen, racks only Suriname
Kinky (aka rockfish, long/short spinyhead, idiotfish)
(Genus Sebastolobus)
Must be frozen US West Coast & Canada West Coast

Lingcod

  Atlantic & Pacific Ocean
Mackerel (Scomber japonicus) Must be frozen if from China US East Coast, Japan, Portugal and China
Mullet (Genus Mugilidae)   US & Canada
Orange Roughy   Australia & New Zealand
Menhaden (aka Pogie, Bunker)   US East Coast
Patagonian toothfish Must be frozen Australia and Argentina
Pollock   Atlantic Ocean only
Redfish   N. Atlantic Ocean & Pacific Ocean
Red Alphonsino   NE Atlantic Ocean
Roundnose Grenadier   NE Atlantic Ocean
River herring (alewife, blueback herring)   Maine
Rockfish (Genus Sebastes) Must be frozen US West Coast & Canada West Coast
Sablefish   Alaska & Western Canada
Skate   US Northeast Coast
Shad   Maine
Sole   US West Coast
Southern Kingfish (Menticirrhus americanus) Wild caught, frozen, racks only Suriname
Tuna   North Pacific Ocean
Any species that was legally caught in Maine coastal waters, except as otherwise prohibited in regulation   "Coastal waters" means all waters of the State within the rise and fall of the tide out to the limits of the exclusive economic zone as shown on the most recently published Federal Government nautical chart, but it does not include areas above any fishway or dam when the fishway or dam is the dividing line between tidewater and fresh water.

Last Updated June 28, 2019