Maine Department of Marine Resources Advisory Council to vote on sea urchin swipe card system

A key Maine panel is scheduled to vote this week on a plan to track the state’s sea urchin fishery with swipe cards. The swipe card proposal is subject to the approval of the Maine Department of Marine Resources Advisory Council, which meets Thursday in Augusta. State regulators want to create a swipe card system to record transactions in which fishermen sell urchins to dealers. Officials say the cards would help efficiently gather data about the fishery and eventually help give fishermen more flexibility about when they fish. Read the rest here 13:10:12