Green Sea Urchins (Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis) in Maine
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- From DMR
- Next urchin council meeting March 28, 2019, 3pm, Jeff's Catering, Brewer. Main agenda item will be the 2019-20 season calendars.
- August 16, 2018: Sea urchin fishing seasons for 2018-2019 (PDF file, 3 pages)
- August 16, 2018: Notice of adoption of seasons for 2018-19, and modified boundaries and removal of the sunset provision for the Cat Ledges closure (Zone 1, Sheepscot River) closure (PDF file, 13 pages)
- September 6, 2017: Blue Hill Bay limited access area for research, and vessel tracker requirement for Zone 2 harvesters who fish in this area (5-year project)
- In the Media
- April 11, 2018: The Ellsworth American — Sea urchin landings report yields good news
- February 5, 2018: Pingree and Poliquin bill to remove regulatory burdens on Maine sea urchin exporters passes U.S. House
- July 22, 2017: Boston.com — Boston chefs love this seafood delicacy only from Maine
- November 21, 2016: The Working Waterfront — Urchin harvest begins downeast (with good pictures on a dragger)
- September 23, 2016: Bangor Daily News — State hopes new card system can help revive struggling urchin fishery (with good video about diving and selling)
- January 2015: CNN — The thorny business of sea urchins (with video)
- July 11, 2012: Martha Stewart — Diving for sea urchins in Maine (video)
- Maine Sea Urchin Zone Council Page
- Maine Sea Urchin Fishery Laws (scroll down to subchapter 2-C) and Regulations (see Chapter 26)
- Commercial Fishing License Applications (see Scallop, Sea Urchin and Sea Cucumber Harvesting License Application)
- Charts of limited access areas: Blue Hill Bay Whiting and Dennys Bay
- Maine Sea Urchin Fishery and Research Information
- Maine Sea Grant's Maine Seafood Guide - Sea Urchin page
- Zone 1 draggers who wish to change their early/late season designation must do so by November 15.
- Zone 1 divers who wish to change their early/late season designation must do so by August 15.
- Zone 2 harvesters who wish to change their early/late season designation must do so by August 15.
- Harvesters who wish to switch zones must apply by July 31. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. A switch from Zone 1 to Zone 2 is only allowed if there is an applicant who wishes to switch from Zone 2 to Zone 1, and vice versa.
- Season switching and zone switching applications are available on our licensing page under "Other Forms" (unless the annual deadline has passed).
- For more information, call the DMR licensing division at 624-6550, option 2.