Maine Officials Submit New Lobster Fishing Gear Proposal To Feds
State officials are offering a final proposal to federal regulators for changes in the state's lobster fishery aimed at reducing the risk of entanglements for the endangered northern right whale. The new proposal makes some changes to a plan the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) floated in the fall, but it still may not satisfy lobstermen or conservation groups.
The Maine Department of Marine Resources is setting quotas for the upcoming elver season at the same levels as last year. But the agency is also proposing to charge a new, $500 inspection fee every time an exporter wants to ship the lucrative eels beyond Maine’s borders.
The Maine Public Utilities Commission is considering a handful of proposals for a pilot program that would encourage the adoption use of electric vehicles and the build-out of EV infrastructure in Maine.
Staff at Maine's Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC) are recommending approval of Central Maine Power's (CMP) controversial proposal to build a new power line through Maine's western woods. An approval vote from the commission could come as soon as next week.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is allocating $1.6 million to help the lobster industry adapt to new and pending gear rules that aim to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale.