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First Regular Session of the 119th


S.P. 441 - L.D. 1316

An Act to Encourage Municipal and State Partnerships Concerning the Issuance of Aquaculture Leases

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

     Sec. 1. 12 MRSA §6072, sub-§3, as enacted by PL 1977, c. 661, §5, is amended to read:

     3. Municipal approval. In any municipality with a shellfish conservation program under section 6671, the commissioner may not lease more than 2 acres of areas in the intertidal zone within the municipality without the consent of the municipal officers.

     Sec. 2. 12 MRSA §6072, sub-§7-A, ¶C, as enacted by PL 1987, c. 453, §1, is amended to read:

     Sec. 3. 12 MRSA §6673, sub-§1, as enacted by PL 1977, c. 661, §5, is amended to read:

     1. Municipal procedure. A written application lease application written on a form supplied by the commissioner may be approved by the municipal officers if they find that it conforms to the shellfish program, that it will not cause the total area under lease to exceed 1/4 of all the municipal intertidal zone that is open to the taking of shellfish and that granting it is in the best interests of the municipality. On

     approval, the lease shall must be forwarded to the commissioner.

Effective September 18, 1999, unless otherwise indicated.

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