13- 188 C.M.R. ch. 110, § 05 - Trap Tags for Demonstration Traps

No license holder may use a vessel to set, haul, retrieve or take lobsters from a trap unless that trap contains a trap tag allocated to that vessel in accordance with the license holder's vessel declaration. License holders must declare the vessel and lobster zone, at the time of license issuance or renewal, to which that license holder's trap tags will be allocated pursuant to the license. The owner of a declared vessel will be given priority in the issuance of trap tags. All individuals declaring the same marine demonstration vessel may set, haul, retrieve, or take lobsters from the traps allocated to that vessel. The individual to whom demonstration trap tags have been issued does not need to be present on board the vessel in order for other individuals declaring the same marine demonstration vessel to set, haul or retrieve, or take lobster from the traps allocated to that vessel.

The number of lobster trap tags allocated to a vessel declared for a demonstration license may not exceed 20, regardless of the number of marine harvesting demonstration license holders fishing from that vessel. No license holder shall be issued trap tags in an amount that causes a declared vessel to exceed the applicable vessel trap limit established pursuant to 12 M.R.S.A. §6421-(3-A)(F) consistent with the individual trap limit, boat trap limit and applicable vessel limitation law and regulation.

A lobster trap tag is valid starting June 1 of each year. Trap tags shall be valid until May 31 of the following year (12 months).

Tags shall be replaced each lobster fishing year, when supplied by the Commissioner.


13- 188 C.M.R. ch. 110, § 05

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