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Bureau of Policy and Management

The Bureau of Policy and Management develops policy for the management of Maine’s marine resources, both in state waters and in the interstate and federal management arenas. This Bureau is responsible for the development and adoption of regulations necessary to promote the conservation and propagation of marine organisms. Staff provide support to advisory councils during the development of fishery management measures and regulations, conduct industry outreach, permit aquaculture leases, and issue special licenses. Staff from this Bureau also participate in the legislative process, by providing testimony, attending public hearings and work sessions, and submitting agency legislation. Finally, staff from this Bureau are responsible for information and outreach on behalf of the Department to the public, to keep both industry members and the general public informed with regard to Department initiatives and actions.

DMR Purpose


"The Department of Marine Resources is established to conserve and develop marine and estuarine resources; to conduct and sponsor scientific research; to promote and develop the Maine coastal fishing industries; to advise and cooperate with local, state, and federal officials concerning activities in coastal waters; and to implement, administer, and enforce the laws and regulations necessary for these purposes..."

- Maine Title 12, Chapter 603 §6021.

Boothbay Harbor foot bridge, photo by Tom Hilton, Jr.

Boothbay Harbor foot bridge, photo by Tom Hilton, Jr.