Maine Revised Statutes

§6087. Seaweed Fisheries Advisory Council

1. Appointment; composition.   The Seaweed Fisheries Advisory Council, established by Title 5, section 12004-I, subsection 57-H and referred to in this section as "the council," consists of 7 members appointed by the commissioner as follows:
A. Two members who process seaweed or hold either a seaweed permit or seaweed buyer's license; [2017, c. 52, §2 (NEW).]
B. Two members who are seaweed aquaculture lease holders or their designees; [2017, c. 52, §2 (NEW).]
C. One member of the scientific community; [2017, c. 52, §2 (NEW).]
D. One member who harvests seaweed; and [2017, c. 52, §2 (NEW).]
E. One member of the public. [2017, c. 52, §2 (NEW).]
The commissioner shall make appointments so that the composition of the council reflects the diversity of the State's seaweed operations.
[ 2017, c. 52, §2 (NEW) .]
2. Purpose.   The council shall:
A. Make recommendations to the commissioner on all matters concerning the health of the seaweed resource, its ecosystem and the industry it supports; and [RR 2017, c. 1, §4 (COR).]
B. Make recommendations to the commissioner regarding expenditures from the Seaweed Management Fund as described in section 6806. [2017, c. 52, §2 (NEW).]
[ RR 2017, c. 1, §4 (COR) .]
3. Term.   The term of a member appointed to the council is 3 years, except that a vacancy during an unexpired term must be filled in the same manner as for the original member for the unexpired portion of the member's term. A member may not serve more than 2 consecutive terms.
[ 2017, c. 52, §2 (NEW) .]
4. Officers.   The officers of the council are the chair, vice-chair and secretary. The term of the officers is one year. The council shall elect a member of the council for each officer position at the first regular meeting of each year.
[ 2017, c. 52, §2 (NEW) .]
5. Meeting.   The council shall meet at least once a year. It may also meet at other times at the call of the commissioner.
[ 2017, c. 52, §2 (NEW) .]
RR 2017, c. 1, §4 (COR). 2017, c. 52, §2 (NEW).