COURTESY OF DMR

Trawl limit lifted off Hancock County



COURTESY OF DMR

ELLSWORTH — The Department of Marine Resources has temporarily suspended the three-trap trawl limit in deep waters off Hancock County.

Ordinarily, it is illegal to have more than three lobster traps on any trawl in certain designated areas, including an area off Hancock County. DMR and the Marine Patrol recently received indications that the herring purse seine and mid-water trawl fisheries will soon be operating in this area and the department is concerned with the potential for conflict with lobster trap gear.

The department has adopted an emergency rule, effective Friday Sept. 12, creating a temporary exception to the three lobster trap trawl limit in a designated area southeast of Mount Desert Island. By reducing the number of buoy lines in the water, suspending the trawl limit should help minimize gear conflicts that could arise between the herring fishery and the large amount of lobster gear in this area given the historic high concentration of herring in this area.

Information about the exact limits of the exemption area is available by calling Marine Patrol Lt. Jay Carroll at 667-3373 or 446-7131. A chart of the temporary exemption area can be found online at the DMR website, maine.gov/dmr.

This emergency rule expires on Dec. 10, 2014.

Stephen Rappaport

Stephen Rappaport

Waterfront Editor at The Ellsworth American
Stephen Rappaport has lived in Maine for nearly 30 years. A lifelong sailor, he spends as much time as possible messing about in boats. [email protected]