Regs & Access
by Laurie Schreiber
ELLSWORTH – Effort control in the state’s scallop fishery was the main topic on the agenda of the Scallop Advisory Council (SAC) on April 29, shortly after Department of Marine Resources (DMR) commissioner Patrick Keliher was in conversation with the governor’s office about instituting an owner/operator requirement for license-holders, and imposing a freeze on activating latent licenses during the 2014-2015 season.
At a meeting attended by about 20 fishermen, the SAC ultimately asked DMR resource coordinator Trisha DeGraaf to take an amended proposal back to Keliher: the SAC supported the owner/operator concept but rejected the freeze, instead proposing that if latent license-holders want to reactivate their licenses, they must be owner/operators. And they supported the idea of investigating how the entire fishery might be transitioned to owner/operator.