Tag Archives: DMR Commissioner Patrick Keliher

Controversial bill allowing secret tracking devices on lobster boats wins Maine Senate approval

A compromise has been reached over a controversial bill that would allow the Department of Marine Resources to secretly place tracking devices on lobster boats. The measure is aimed at cracking down on violators of lobstering laws. The Maine Lobstermen’s Union had been strongly opposed to the bill, saying it gave the commissioner too much authority by allowing him to covertly track boats. But after a discussion with the commissioner this morning the union now backs the bill. “So we have a lot more people fishing offshore, much more difficult to catch violators offshore,” said Patrice McCarron of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association. McCarron said if allowing investigators to covertly place tracking devices on boats of suspected cheaters leads to more arrests, the industry will be better off. Video, click here to read the story 11:30

Maine Lobstermen Support GPS Tracking of Lawbreakers Fishing Vessels – Lobstermen from Swans Island are fed up with the bad behavior of fellow fishermen who violate regulations within the states most valuable fishery.  Video, click here to read the story 12:02

Maine fisheries chief moves to suspend license of accused lobsterman

BDNTheodore Gray, 34, was charged May 9 after Marine Patrol officers found him in possession of 269 lobsters shorter than the minimum size limit, 123 breeding female lobsters that had been marked with a V-shaped notch on their tails, and 20 traps that belong to another licensed lobsterman, DMR officials have said. Gray fishes out of Stonington. Read more here 07:19

Maine DMR rockweed plan is ready for legislature

ELLSWORTH — Just in time to meet a deadline set last spring, the Department of Marine Resources (DMR) last Friday sent a proposed comprehensive statewide fishery management plan for rockweed to the Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources. Read [email protected]  11:55

Committee studies elver license rules

The Legislature’s Marine Resources Committee was scheduled to hold a work session Wednesday morning on a controversial bill that would force elver fishermen with licenses issued by any of Maine’s four federally recognized tribes to have those licenses validated in writing by the Department of Marine Resources. Read [email protected]  16:34