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Posted on: May 7, 2019

Public Hearing 6/18/19 on Shellfish Conservation Ordinance Amendment

The Bar Harbor Town Council will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 7:00 pm in the Municipal Building Council Chambers to consider the following amendment to the Town Code: 

Shellfish Conservation Ordinance Amendment
Town of Bar Harbor

An Amendment to clarify conservation hour requirements and to improve consistency on timing of license decisions.

The Town of Bar Harbor hereby ordains that Chapter 170, Shellfish Conservation, of the Town Code is amended as follows:

[Please Note: Old language is stricken.  New language is underlined.]

§ 170-5 Licensing.
B.       Designation, scope and qualifications.
(7)      Conservation time requirements for commercial shellfish license. No resident or nonresident commercial license shall be issued until the applicant has completed the minimum number of mandatory conservation hours. Qualifying conservation time includes attending Marine Resources Committee meetings, clam flat population and recruitment surveys, reseeding and any other approved activity. Any member of the Bar Harbor Marine Resources Committee may verify hours for approved activities. The minimum required conservation hours will be established by the Marine Resources Committee at least six months prior to current license expiration date. Conservation time must be accumulated in the previous licensing year; however, if an individual obtains the appropriate conservation time, but is unable to obtain a commercial license, their conservation time will rollover to the next year or until they are offered a license. Conservation time requirements are waived for anyone 17 and under at the end of the previous licensing year.

(8)      Commercial license eligibility. Individuals possessing Bar Harbor commercial shellfish harvesting licenses for four of the previous five years and who have accumulated the required conservation time are eligible to obtain their licenses two weeks in advance of the next license year. The Marine Resources Committee shall determine the number of advance licenses available for the next year no later than 126 months in advance. If the number of eligible individuals exceeds the number of advance licenses available, those licenses shall be assigned through a lottery. Any licenses not issued before the first working day of the new license year will be available to any eligible individual that has met the conservation time requirement.
     [End of Ordinance]

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