Rulemaking Proposals Open to Public Comment
ADVERTISE: July 10, 2019
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Chapter 1. Open Water and Ice Fishing Regulations; Chapter 1-A. State Heritage Fish Waters
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 proposals for: Addition of five (5) waters to the State Heritage Fish Waters list and removal of three (3) waters from the State Heritage Fish Waters list; Addition of “S-4” to tributaries of nineteen (19) south region State Heritage Fish Waters; Extending the end date of the “B.” ice fishing season to eliminate the need for emergency rule changes (including creating special language on two (2) waters to address harvest concerns); Amending eighteen (18) water specific regulations to address management changes, public requests, and to correct a law book error.
The list of proposals may be obtained from the Agency Contact Person or online at: https://www.maine.gov/ifw/news-events/rulemaking-proposals.html The proposals, if adopted, will become effective January 1, 2020.
Members of the public are encouraged to review the proposals and provide comments by either attending the public hearing or submitting written comments by mail or email to the contact person for this filing. (All comments must be related to this rulemaking packet.) Note: Written comments are given equal consideration to testimony given at the public hearing.
PUBLIC HEARING: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 @ 4:00 p.m. – Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, upstairs conference room, 284 State Street, Augusta
COMMENT DEADLINE: August 12, 2019
CONTACT PERSON FOR THIS FILING: Becky Orff, Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, 284 State Street, #41 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333; firstname.lastname@example.org
CONTACT PERSON FOR SMALL BUSINESS IMPACT STATEMENT:
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
- 2020 Rule Making Proposals - "B." Ice Fishing Season (PDF)
- 2020 Heritage Proposals - Statewide Waters (PDF)
- 2020 Rule Making Proposals - Tributaries to South Region Heritage Waters (PDF)
- 2020 Rule Making Proposals - Statewide Waters (PDF)