Marine Resources Committee
To administer and coordinate Marine Resource conservation.
The Brunswick Marine Resource Committee consists of seven members and two alternates to be appointed by the Town Council. The members must include three town licensed resident commercial shellfish harvesters, three residents of the community who do not possess a town or state shellfish license, and one town licensed resident recreational shellfish harvester. One alternate must be a town licensed resident commercial shellfish harvester and one alternate must be a member of the community who does not possess a town or state shellfish license.
- Cody Gillis, Chair
- Camden Reiss
- Max Burtis
- Susan Olcott, Vice Chair
- Anthony Yuodsnukis
- Marko Melendy
- Peter Milligan
- Kathryn Sellers Reynolds
- 1st Tuesday of every month
- 6:30 p.m.
- Brunswick Town Council Chambers
85 Union Street
Brunswick, ME 04011
- To administer and coordinate the shellfish conservation program.
- To recommend to the town council how the money appropriated for shellfish conservation programs should be spent.
- To survey the coastal waters to obtain and maintain current information on shellfish resources, including:
- The determination of size frequency.
- The determination of growth rate.
- The estimation of the available standing crop.
- The estimation of potential yield.
- The identification of sources of harmful pollution.
- The identification of other resource problems, such as green crab predation and mussel competition.
- To determine the current level of use of the shellfish resources.
- To cooperate with the Department of Marine Resources and others in carrying on experimental programs.
- To prepare and promulgate a shellfish conservation plan in cooperation with the Department of Marine Resources based on the results of the shellfish survey, recommending area rotation, seeding, transplanting, predator control, and the opening and closing of the coastal waters.
- To collect harvest data documenting local values of shellfish resources.
- To make an annual written report to the town and the Department of Marine Resources detailing funds available, expenditures made, shellfish population data, results of all conservation and experimental programs, enforcement activities, and sources of pollution, predation, competition and other resource problems.
- To establish annually in conjunction with the Department of Marine Resources the number of commercial shellfish harvesting licenses to be issued.
Dan Devereaux, Coastal Resource Manager
The Marine Resource Committee will present to the Town Council on an annual basis.
Next Scheduled Reporting: February 5, 2024
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Licensed Commercial Shellfish Harvester Information
A licensed commercial shellfish harvester must obtain a total of ten conservation credit points between May 1 and February 15 in order to remain eligible to obtain a license for the next licensing year. Participation in any of the following activities results in the granting of conservation credit as specified. Conservation points can also be purchased through the Town Clerk's office for $100 per point no later than February 15th.
Two Conservation Credit Points
Participation in any one of the following activities shall deem a harvester eligible to receive two conservation credit points per event attended:
- Documented attendance at a Brunswick Marine Resource Committee meeting or Brunswick Marine Resource Committee public hearing
- Documented attendance at a regional or state shellfish committee meeting
- Documented attendance at a shellfish conference (i.e. Fisherman's Forum)
Five Conservation Credit Points
Participation in any one of the following activities shall deem a harvester eligible to receive five conservation credit points per event attended:
- Participation in a Brunswick Marine Resource Committee sponsored shellfish reseeding project or green crab trapping program
- Participation in a Brunswick Marine Resource Committee sponsored experimental shellfish enhancement project
- Participation in Town of Brunswick shellfish surveys
- Participation in Town of Brunswick water quality monitoring event
- Participation in an organized coastal or environmental remediation along within the Town of Brunswick
- Participation in non-point pollution identification or pollution abatement projects within the Town of Brunswick