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Old 03-18-2011, 05:27 AM
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Exclamation Maine's Kennebec River Rules May Change

Department of Marine Resources

NOTICE OF RULEMAKING



Chapter 42.03 Striped Bass Closed Area and Closed Season

(Kennebec River and Sheepscot river areas)

The proposed rulemaking would remove the marine bait prohibition and replace it with the requirement to use circle hooks while using marine bait when fishing in the Kennebec River closed area during the established May 1 to June 30th season. The closed area is also proposed to change from upstream and inside the line drawn from Cape Small to Cape Newagen to a line upstream and inside from Fort Popham, Phippsburg to Kennebec Point to Indian Point, Georgetown, and upstream from a line in the area called Robinhood between Lowe Point, Phippsburg to Newdick Point, Westport and downstream of the Route 144 Westport Island Bridge therefore removing the Sheepscot River from the Kennebec rules and placing it under the statewide regulations.

This request was made by the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) - Barry Bibson of Boothbay Harbor who is the rep. for RFA in Maine.



PUBLIC HEARING: April 4, 2011, 6pm, Bath City Hall, 1st Floor Auditorium, 55 Front Street, Bath

DEADLINE FOR WRITTEN COMMENTS: April 14, 2011

CONTACT PERSONS: Bruce Joule (207-633-9505) or Pat Keliher (207-287-9973)



For more information:

Online the web link for a copy of the proposed rules is: http://www.maine.gov/dmr/rulemaking/

Or, to obtain a hardcopy by US mail write: Dept. of Marine Resources, attn: L. Churchill, PO Box 8, West Boothbay Harbor, Maine 04575-0008 TEL: 207-633-9584, or

EMAIL: laurice.churchill@maine.gov, FAX: (207) 633-9579 or TTY: (207) 633-9500

To receive future rulemaking notices by email please use contact info above.
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Old 03-21-2011, 07:14 AM
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Doug Thanks for posting this.

I have mixed feelings.

Opening up the use of bait will get more into the fishery, especially for the charter industry. I suspect the impact for them would be minimal considering May and June are so early in our season. I know many of the locals wait until July 1st to fish, this would certainly bring some of them into the fishery earlier.

On the other hand I have grown to like the artificial only season. It makes this stretch of coast "special".

Im also not sure on the impact of opening up Sheepscot Bay and the outer beaches. My guess is that this would impact migrating fish more than the native stripers. I know some like to troll tube & worm rigs and multi-treble lures in this area. Catch & release mortality for each of these methods should be considered.

Is increasing the pressure on the species as a whole and the small native population is a good idea at this time, politically or biologically?

As always this seems to boil down to economic vs. biological impacts.

It will be interesting to hear what the DMR biologists and other experts have to say.
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Old 02-14-2012, 05:37 AM
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I dropped the ball on posting Maine's Department of Marine Resources "Findings" paper that was published as a result of this hearing process. It is well worth a read. see this link:

http://www.maine.gov/dmr/council/dmr...a/2011/fof.pdf
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