Duties & Responsibilities
Shellfish conservation committee.
The ordinance codified in this chapter is enacted in accordance with 12 MRSA Section 6671. (Ord. 16-99 (part): Ord. 12-96 § 1)
The purpose of this chapter is to establish a shellfish conservation program for the town which will insure the protection and optimum utilization of shellfish resources within its limits. These goals will be achieved by means which may include:
B. Limiting the number of shellfish harvesters;
C. Restricting the time and area where digging is permitted;
D. Limiting the minimum size of clams taken;
E. Limiting the amount of clams taken daily by a harvester. (Ord. 16-99 (part): Ord. 12-96 § 2)
12.16.030 Shellfish conservation committee.
The shellfish conservation program for the town will be administered by the shellfish conservation committee consisting of seven full members and two alternate members to be appointed by the Kittery town council for terms of three years.
The committee's responsibilities include:
A. Establishing annually in conjunction with the department of marine resources the number of shellfish digging licenses to be issued;
B. Surveying each clam producing area at least once each three years to establish size distribution and density and annually estimating the status of the town's shellfish resources;
C. Submitting to the town council proposals for the expenditures of funds for the purpose of shellfish conservation;
D. Keeping this chapter under review and making recommendations for its amendments;
E. Securing and maintaining records of shellfish harvest from the town's managed shellfish areas and closed areas that are conditionally opened by the department of marine resources;
F. Recommending conservation closures and openings to the town council in conjunction with the area biologists of the department of marine resources;
G. Submitting an annual report to the municipality and the department of marine resources covering the above topics and all other committee activities. (Ord. 16-99 (part): Ord. 12-96 § 3)