IF&W Rulemaking Proposals

Agency: 09-137 Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

Chapter Number and Title: Chapter 1-A – State Heritage Fish Waters

Statutory Authority: 12 MRSA Section 12461

Contact Person for this Filing: Becky Orff, Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, 284 State Street, 41 State House Station, Augusta, ME  04333-0041, Email: Becky.Orff@maine.gov Telephone: (207) 287-5202

Public Hearing: None scheduled – one may be requested.

Deadline for Comments: May 9, 2014

Brief Summary: In accordance with Title 12, Section 12461, the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is proposing to adopt a list of lakes and ponds identified as State Heritage Fish waters. The law also prohibits the Commissioner from stocking or issuing permits to stock fish and prohibits the use or possession of live fish as bait on these waters. Some of the waters may be restricted to the use of artificial lures only on limited to fly fishing only; others will have a “no live fish as bait” (S-4) regulation.

A copy of the list may be obtained from the agency contact person listed above.


Agency: 09-137 Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

Chapter Number and Title: Chapter 4.05 – Moose Hunting (K. Open and Closed Season)

Statutory Authority: 12 MRSA Section 10104, 11551

Contact Person for this Filing: Becky Orff, Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, 284 State Street, 41 State House Station, Augusta, ME  04333-0041, Email: Becky.Orff@maine.gov Telephone: (207) 287-5202

Public Hearing: None scheduled – one may be requested.

Deadline for Comments: May 9, 2014

Brief Summary: The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is proposing to amend the rule that provides for a controlled moose hunt during a specified period between August 15 and December 31, 2014 in designated areas in Aroostook County. The hunt would be by permit only to 25 eligible disabled veterans in cooperation with the Maine Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, Bureau of Veterans Services. The purpose of the controlled moose hunt is to reduce moose numbers in specific areas where they are causing crop damage.

A detailed copy of the rule may be obtained from the Agency Contact person listed above.