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Posted 30 August 2006 - 09:25 PM

http://www.maine.gov...enwaterlaws.htm

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Posted 29 December 2010 - 07:14 AM

http://www.maine.gov...enwaterlaws.htm

your link no longer works
try this instead

http://www.maine.gov...ing/fishing.htm

and for those of us interested in collecting plants here is the current rules on that (or non rules since there are no rules regulating the collection of plants in maine)
http://www.maine.gov...rimc/mnap/faqs/

Edited by reefkprZ, 29 December 2010 - 07:18 AM.


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Posted 29 December 2010 - 01:39 PM

No time to search at the moment but I do believe Maine has aquatic plant regs. I don't think they can be transported.
I also don't think native fish can be kept except for limited bait species and I and don't think you can bring anything into the state.
Forgive me for being lazy and maybe spreading rumors, going from memory alone.

I do know there was a bunch of stories in the press about chinese resturtants getting busted for koi.

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Posted 30 December 2010 - 06:48 AM

there is a laundry list of illegal fishes in maine. or rather the list of legal fish is quite short. koi are illegal here....

here this will help a bit

http://www.state.me....es/invlegis.htm
this is the actual legislation, for plants, any other source would be pretty much superfluous.

§419-C. Prevention of the spread of invasive aquatic plants
1. Prohibition. A person may not:
A. Transport any aquatic plant or parts of any aquatic plant, including roots, rhizomes, stems, leaves or seeds, on the outside of a vehicle, boat, personal watercraft, boat trailer or other equipment on a public road; [1999, c. 722, §2 (NEW).]
B. Possess, import, cultivate, transport or distribute any invasive aquatic plant or parts of any invasive aquatic plant, including roots, rhizomes, stems, leaves or seeds, in a manner that could cause the plant to get into any state waters; [2003, c. 627, §6 (AMD).]
C. After September 1, 2000, sell or offer for sale in this State any invasive aquatic plant; or [2003, c. 627, §6 (AMD).]
D. Fail to remove any aquatic plant or parts of any aquatic plant, including roots, rhizomes, stems, leaves or seeds, from the outside of a vehicle, boat, personal watercraft, boat trailer or other equipment on a public road. [2003, c. 627, §7 (NEW).]
[ 2003, c. 627, §§6, 7 (AMD) .]
2. Penalty. A person who violates this section commits a civil violation for which a forfeiture not to exceed $500 may be adjudged for the first violation and a forfeiture not to exceed $2,500 may be adjudged for a subsequent violation.

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after a bit of digging I found more.... apparantly their descriptives don't match the actual laws on the books they say you can't keep them at all in their warnings, but the wording of the law says you can as long as its in a manner that won't introduce them to state waters. this link below while on the govenment website doesn't match the actual laws on the books. So they basicly take away the "in a manner that could cause the plant to get into any state waters" when they talk about the laws but the ACTUAL laws say otherwise. basicly scare tactics and smart in my opinion because most people aren't responsible enough with stuff like that anyhow.
http://www.maine.gov...invaquarium.htm

Edited by reefkprZ, 30 December 2010 - 07:22 AM.


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Posted 30 December 2010 - 05:38 PM

Thanks, I've been feeling guilty for posting without looking it up.

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Posted 30 December 2010 - 07:57 PM

and here is the list of Legal animals and fishes that can be kept in maine without a permit (or two some such as hedge hogs require 2 permits to legally house them not that that really applies here), but here is the link to the Unrestricted species allowed in Maine.

http://www.maine.gov...ted_species.htm

personally I am enormously glad they are removing the red eared slider from the unrestricted list as of Jan 1 2010. not that they are bad pets but because most people are poor turtle owners and give up and release them into the wild.

Maine initially made a short list of legals and outlawed everything else, its up to hobbyists (be it mammal, herp, ichthy, avian, or herb nut (though the plant laws are basicly designed for anglers/boaters/tourists they affect us hobbyists) to prove species are non-invasive to be included on the list of legal animals. It has been quite a chore to get things added to the list especially fishes and reptiles.

and for some reason there are absolutly no restrictions on marine fishes...

Edited by reefkprZ, 30 December 2010 - 08:10 PM.


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Posted 31 December 2010 - 11:06 AM

I have recently sent an e-mail to the Maine department of inland fisheries and wildlife to ask what permits would be required for enthusiasts to keep native fishes in their tanks at home (such as sunfish etc) I will share their response as soon as I get a reply.

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Posted 31 December 2010 - 02:00 PM

Thanks for all the links they will be quite helpful. As far as aquatic plants go its it illegal to possess them at all or just in a manner/with intent to introduce them to state waters?

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Posted 01 January 2011 - 10:18 AM

Only aquatic plants listed as invasive are illegal, and according to the wording of the legislation it's only illegal to do stuff with them in a manner that risks getting them into maine waters. IE putting them in an outdoor container/pond etc., driving down the road with them hanging off your vehicle/boat/trailer/fishing gear. Honestly there are so many cool aquatic plants that aren't potentially invasive I would just avoid housing any of the listed invasive plants to prevent any possible problems.

You can legally house a ton of aquatic plants including almost every aquatic you can find in maine (excepting of course the invasive ones that are already here). Its weird they do the plant legislation almost backwards from animals with plants everything is legal until its added to the invasive list, with animals and fishes they are all illegal until added to the unrestricted list. Tecnichly by the wording of the laws they cant do anything about you housing invasive plants in your aquarium Unless they can show your doing it in an irresponsible manner like throwing clippings outdoors or away with your trash without destroying them. In my opinion though its best not to even risk problems.

you'll want to avoid the plants found on this link
http://www.maine.gov...invaquarium.htm (which I had listed above)

(sorry my typing is so atrocius today new years day morning you know)

Edited by reefkprZ, 01 January 2011 - 10:19 AM.


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Posted 08 January 2011 - 12:13 AM

OK I got an e-mail back from the department of inland fisheries and wildlife.
here it is.
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When individuals ask for the opportunity to hold native fish in aquaria we generally use a one time stocking permit giving a person who is a licensed angler to go to a specified water/waters, for a defined period of time, to hook and line their fish for transport and display at a defined location. In the case of minnows, that same licensed angler could use a baitfish trap as well as a hook and line. If they are regulated species, you would be required to comply with the regulations (bag limits, length limits and tackle restrictions) for the body of water/s covered by your permit. Obviously there would be no length or bag for yellow perch, sunfish, baitfish and many of the other warm water species. The permits are generally issued for a 2-3 week period in terms of catching and transport.

We do not have these applications on our website so if you are interested in “going in that direction”, let me know and I’ll e-mail you a form.



Peter M. Bourque

Div. Director-Fisheries & Hatcheries
Peter.Bourque@maine.gov

Edited by reefkprZ, 08 January 2011 - 12:15 AM.


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Posted 11 January 2011 - 04:05 PM

Thank you for that information :smile2:




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