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Green Sea Urchins (Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis) in Maine
Some of the links below are PDF files, and may require Adobe Reader software (download free here) . Please visit our PDF Help page if you have trouble with PDF files, or contact Maggie Hunter if you need a different format. Please contact Trisha Cheney DeGraaf with questions about Maine's sea urchin fishery.
- News, most recent first:
- New rules for the 2013-14 fishing season have been adopted. They include a 15-day season for Zone 1, a 38-day season for Zone 2, and a 7-tray daily limit and mandatory logbook reporting for Zone 2 harvesters.
- Boston Common magazine sea urchin article, May 2013
- Zone 2 2012-13 season, with new culling-on-bottom rule for divers, and Whiting Bay/Denny's River open days, pdf file, 2 pages 56 kb
- Zone 1 2012-13 season, pdf file, 1 page, 13 kb
- Mandatory logbook reporting for Zone 1 harvesters that began in 2010 will continue into 2014. See Chapter 8.20 (P) for rule text (pdf file).
- Portland Press Herald sea urchin article, Dec. 28, 2011
- New safety training requirements for divers and tenders, effective Dec. 21, 2009
- Maine Sea Urchin Zone Council Page
- Maine Sea Urchin Fishery and Research Information
- Maine Sea Urchin Fishery Laws and Regulations (Chapter 26, PDF file)
- Commercial Fishing License Applications (see Marine Harvesting Application)
- Licensing Notes:
- Zone 1 draggers must choose an early or late season by November 15.
- Zone 1 divers who wish to change their early/late season designation must do so by September 1.
- Zone 2 harvesters who wish to change their early/late season designation must do so by September 15.
- Harvesters who wish to switch zones must apply by July 31. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. A switch from Zone 1 to Zone 2 is only allowed if there is an applicant who wishes to switch from Zone 2 to Zone 1, and vice versa.
- For more information, call the DMR licensing division at 624-6550.
This page was last updated
April 22, 2014.