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DEPT. OF MARINE RESOURCES
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Maine Municipal Shellfish Program
The Municipal Shellfish Program is administered by the DMR Bureau of Public Health.
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The softshell clam resource belongs to the people of the State of Maine. The Department of Marine Resources must ensure that municipalities assuming the responsibility of managing shellfish resources do so in a manner consistant with the state's goal of balancing use of the resource and conservation. Towns manage their shellfish resources to the lower tide line (except for intertidal mussel harvest permits), by adopting and enforcing a town shellfish conservation ordinance.
The Area Biologists are responsible for helping municipalities with resource assessment and management of their shellfish ordinances. The Shellfish Program Coordinator manages the Muncipal Shellfish warden eligibility and training program.
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Information on town shellfish warden applications and training can be found on the DMR's Municipal Shellfish Warden page.
Town Shellfish Ordinance Information
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Information regarding town shellfish licenses, ordinances, flat surveys and intertidal management plans can be found on the DMR's General Shellfish Ordinance Information page.
Applications for shellfish program permits and wardens, as well as the annual review forms needed by towns with ordinances, can be found on the Municipal Shellfish Management Forms page.
News (as of April 2, 2013)
Links to the DMR Shellfish Advisory Council and other news items can be found on our Maine Shellfish News and Meetings page.
The municipal shellfish program is governed by DMR Regulations Chapters 4 and 7, as well as in statute: Title 12, §6671: Municipal shellfish conservation programs. Select the following link to go to the DMR's website for more information: Maine Marine Laws and Regulations.
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