Rulemaking Proposals Open to Public Comment

ADVERTISE: July 14, 2021

AGENCY: 09-137 Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Chapter 28 – Educational Trip Leader Rules

PROPOSED RULE NUMBER:

BRIEF SUMMARY: In accordance with Public Law Chapter 162 (LD 1474) the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is proposing to adopt new rule Chapter 28 to create an Educational Trip Leader Permit program within the Department which will allow staff and students from public and private schools and postsecondary educational institutions to conduct, without a guide license, paddling and primitive camping trips for students and adults associated with those institutions. A complete copy of the proposed rule may be requested by contacting the Agency Contact Person.

PUBLIC HEARING: Monday, August 2, 2021 @ 4:00pm – via video conference (Microsoft Teams). Contact the Agency Contact Person by close of business on 7/30/2021 for details.

COMMENT DEADLINE: August 12, 2021

CONTACT PERSON FOR THIS FILING: Becky Orff, Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, 284 State Street 41 SHS, Augusta, ME 04333; phone: 207-287-5202; fax: 207-287-6395; e-mail: becky.orff@maine.gov

FINANCIAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES OR COUNTIES (if any): No fiscal impact anticipated.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY FOR THIS RULE: 12 MRS 10104, 12863

SUBSTANTIVE STATE OR FEDERAL LAW BEING IMPLEMENTED:

AGENCY WEBSITE: www.maine.gov/ifw

E-MAIL FOR OVERALL AGENCY RULE-MAKING LIAISON: becky.orff@maine.gov



ADVERTISE: July 7, 2021

CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Chapter 1. Open Water and Ice Fishing Regulations; Chapter 1-A. State Heritage Fish Waters

PROPOSED RULE NUMBER:

BRIEF SUMMARY: The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is proposing regulation changes for the upcoming ice fishing and open water fishing seasons. These regulations are needed to provide for the effective conservation of Maine’s inland fisheries and to enhance fishing opportunities throughout the State. This rule-making packet includes 246 individual proposals presented in the following “theme” categories: Special Need; State Heritage Fish Waters; Expanded Winter Angling Opportunity; Simplify to General Law; Errors, Conflicts, Confusions; and North Zone Fall Season Consistency. The complete list of proposals (PDF) may be obtained from the Agency Contact Person or online at www.maine.gov/ifw/news-events/rulemaking-proposals.html  The proposals, if adopted, will become effective January 1, 2022. Members of the public are encouraged to review the proposals and provide comments by submitting written comments by mail or email to the contact person for this filing or by participating in the virtual public hearing.  (All comments must be related to this rulemaking packet.) Note: Written comments are given equal consideration to testimony given at the public hearing. 

View 2022 Fishing Regulation Proposals (PDF)

Date, time, and location of PUBLIC HEARING: Monday, July 26, 2021 @ 4:00 p.m. – via video conference (Microsoft Teams). Contact the Agency Contact Person by close of business on Friday July 23, 2021 for details.

COMMENT DEADLINE: August 5, 2021

CONTACT PERSON FOR THIS FILING: Becky Orff, Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, 284 State Street, #41 State House Station, Augusta, ME  04333; becky.orff@maine.gov

CONTACT PERSON FOR SMALL BUSINESS IMPACT STATEMENT:  Becky Orff, Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, 284 State Street, #41 State House Station, Augusta, ME  04333; becky.orff@maine.gov

FINANCIAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES OR COUNTIES: None anticipated.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY FOR THIS RULE: 12 MRS Sections 10104, 12452 & 12461

SUBSTANTIVE STATE OR FEDERAL LAW BEING IMPLEMENTED:

AGENCY WEBSITE: www.maine.gov/ifw

E-MAIL FOR OVERALL AGENCY RULE-MAKING LIAISON: Becky.Orff@maine.gov