13- 188 C.M.R. ch. 41, § 40 - Noncommercial Menhaden Fishing

The following limitations apply to individuals holding a noncommercial menhaden license issued under 12 MRS §6502-C.

A. Season

The holder of a noncommercial menhaden license may fish for, take or possess menhaden from May 1 to December 31.

B. Effort Restrictions
(1) It is unlawful to fish for, take, possess or land more than 1,050 pounds or 3 barrels per harvester and per vessel, per day.
(2) It is unlawful to make more than landing per calendar day.
(3) It is unlawful to transfer menhaden they have taken to any other vessel.
(4) It is unlawful to receive menhaden from a harvester vessel while at sea.
C. Gear Restrictions

It is unlawful to use any gear type other than the following when targeting menhaden: bait gillnets (including anchored/staked gillnets or drift gill nets), hand seines, cast nets, and fish traps.

Bait gillnets cannot exceed 500 feet in length. A hand seine is defined as a seine solely operated by hand with no option to be cinched or pursed by the footrope.


13- 188 C.M.R. ch. 41, § 40

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