Stripers Forever Maine – this e-mail is to inform you that the Maine Department of Marine Resources has scheduled a public hearing on April 4th, 2011 in Bath to consider a liberalization of the regulations designed to protect striped bass that may be spawning in the Kennebec prior to July 1st.. SF generally stays away from taking a position on specific recreational regulations, but given the troubling signs regarding the current health of the striped bass resource, we are concerned about any changes that may heighten fishing mortality.
Here is the proposed rule 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.
Here is the information for you to comment:
PUBLIC HEARING: April 4, 2011, 6pm, Bath City Hall, 1st Floor Auditorium, 55 Front Street, Bath
DEADLINE FOR WRITTEN COMMENTS: April 14, 2011
For more information:
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
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