September 23, 2020

IFW Wants To Hear Your Opinions About Maine’s Fisheries

Press Release from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife:

Dear Maine Angler,

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) is embarking on a study to revise its longterm fisheries management plan.  There have been several opportunities for angler input into the process, including a scientific survey and a series of focus groups (licensed resident and nonresident anglers were randomly selected to participate in each). 

However, MDIFW wants to hear from all anglers, and there are two ways you can be involved in the process.  The first is through an online “Town Hall” forum allowing anglers to submit comments to the agency and discuss fisheries management with one another.  

The fisheries Town Hall forum can be accessed here:  www.mefish.org.

The second way to participate in the process is by attending one of the public meetings on fisheries management taking place this month and next.   Here is the schedule for the meetings:

  • Thursday, March 17 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.; Embassy Suites, 1050 Westbrook Street, Portland, ME 04102, Katahdin Room
  • Thursday, March 17 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.; Northeastland Hotel, 436 Maine Street, Presque Isle, ME 04769, Red Room
  • Thursday, March 31 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.; Black Bear Inn, 4 Godfrey Drive, Orono, ME 04473, Blue Room
  • Tuesday, April 5 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.; University of Farmington, Lincoln Auditorium, 224 Main Street, Farmington, ME 04938

Many anglers in Maine are also hunters and landowners, and a similar research process is being conducted to update MDIFW’s big game management plan.  

An online Town Hall for big game management issues is accessible at www.metownhall.org.

The public meetings on big game will be split between meetings for deer, moose, and turkey issues and meetings for black bear issues:

Deer, Moose, and Turkey Management Public Meetings:

  • Saturday, March 19 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.; Embassy Suites, 1050 Westbrook Street, Portland, ME 04102, Katahdin Room
  • Saturday, March 19 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.; Northeastland Hotel, 436 Maine Street, Presque Isle, ME 04769, Red Room
  • Saturday, April 2 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.; Black Bear Inn, 4 Godfrey Drive, Orono, ME 04473, Blue Room

Bear Management Public Meetings:

  • Wednesday, March 16 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.; Embassy Suites, 1050 Westbrook Street, Portland, ME 04102, Katahdin Room
  • Wednesday, March 16 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.; Northeastland Hotel, 436 Maine Street, Presque Isle, ME 04769, Red Room
  • Wednesday, March 30 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.; Black Bear Inn, 4 Godfrey Drive, Orono, ME 04473, Blue Room

Thank you for your interest in Maine’s fish and wildlife resources.  We hope to hear from you soon.

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