AUGUSTA – A state legislator is trying to simplify requirements for apprentice lobster and crab fishing licenses and for student lobster and crab fishing licenses.
The proposed bill would provide another avenue for people to show completion of the apprentice program.
Right now, apprentices have to log hours at work. In addition to that, this bill would allow for apprentice lobstermen to show completion by how much they fish.
Using verified landings, fishers would need to catch at least 4,000 pounds of lobster in no less than two years.
“I feel like this is a better way to show proficiency than the hours,” said Rep. Billy Bob Faulkingham, R-Winter Harbor. “This shows actual work done at sea, rather than just writing hours in a log book.”
Rep. Faulkingham, the legislator behind this proposed bill, said it could reduce paperwork.