Maine Revised Statutes

§12161. Taking of certain nonmarine invertebrates from the wild for commercial purposes

1. Prohibition; penalties.  Except as provided in this section, a person may not take and possess certain nonmarine invertebrates, specifically freshwater mussels, butterflies, moths, dragonflies or beetles, from the wild for export, sale or commercial purposes.
A. A person who violates this subsection commits a civil violation for which a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $500 may be adjudged. [2011, c. 253, §24 (NEW).]
B. A person who violates this subsection after having been adjudicated as having committed 3 or more civil violations under this Part within the previous 5-year period commits a Class E crime. [2011, c. 253, §24 (NEW).]
[ 2011, c. 253, §24 (NEW) .]
2. Commercial nonmarine invertebrate permit.  Persons harvesting freshwater mussels, butterflies, moths, dragonflies or beetles for export, sale or commercial purposes are required to obtain a permit from the commissioner.
[ 2011, c. 253, §24 (NEW) .]
3. Rules.  The commissioner may by rule:
A. Require reporting of commercial harvest activities, including at a minimum dates, locations and numbers collected by species; [2011, c. 253, §24 (NEW).]
B. Establish daily and season possession limits; [2011, c. 253, §24 (NEW).]
C. Establish a fee schedule to implement a permit system under this section; and [2011, c. 253, §24 (NEW).]
D. Require humane harvest, confinement and disposal methods. [2011, c. 253, §24 (NEW).]
Rules adopted pursuant to this subsection are routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.
[ 2011, c. 253, §24 (NEW) .]
SECTION HISTORY
2011, c. 253, §24 (NEW).

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