US Maine blue mussel - dredge/rake

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Overview

This FIP is focused on the wild harvest of mussels in the state of Maine (USA). The goals of this project are to establish and increase collection of stock status data, to establish harvest control rules and objectives for a management plan, and to assess the impacts of mussel harvest on the ecosystem. This is a fishery that occurs in state waters, and is managed by the Department of Marine Resources in Maine. There are both wild and farmed mussel industries in Maine – this FIP is focused on the wild fishery, which includes harvesters targeting adult mussels to be sold into the marketplace directly, and harvesters targeting seed mussels to transplant to bottom aquaculture leases for farming purposes. Most of the fishery is executed with drag gear, and there is a small amount of hand raking that occurs. The work group includes members from both the wild and bottom aquaculture industries, in addition to processors, distributors, and a major retailer, who are all committed to the long-term sustainability of this fishery in Maine.

FIP Description 

This FIP is focused on the wild harvest of mussels in the state of Maine (USA).

FIP Objective(s) 

Our primary goals for this FIP are:

  • Baseline stock status data is collected and a mechanism is established for maintaining data collection into the future (by January 2021).
  • Harvest control rules are established that protect the long-term sustainability of the mussel fishery and those whose livelihoods depend on it (by June 2020).
  • Assess the impacts of mussel harvest on the ecosystem, including habitat and other species (by June 2020).
  • Establish the objectives and components for a state-wide mussel fishery management plan with appropriate governance and community engagement to ensure long-term sustainability of the mussel fishery and access for local harvesters (by January 2021).
FIP Type 
Basic
FIP Stage 
Stage 3: FIP Implementation
Start and Projected End Dates
January 2018
January 2021
Next Progress Report Due 
Thursday, February 27, 2020
Species 
Common Name 
Blue Mussels
Scientific Name 
Mytilus edulis
Gear Type 
Dredge
Rake
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 21 (Atlantic, Northwest)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
United States of America (the)
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
Volume
FIP Volume 
560 metric tons
Total Fishery Volume 
560 metric tons
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FIP at a Glance

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Progress Rating

A - Advanced Progress
Reserved for comprehensive FIPs that have a Stage 4 or 5 result within the past 12 months.

B - Good Progress
A FIP that has achieved a Stage 4 or 5 in more than 12 months AND Stage 3 activity in the last year; OR a basic FIP that has achieved Stage 4 or 5 achievements within the past 12 months.

C - Some Recent Progress
A FIP that has achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result in more than 12 (but less than 24) months but has not generated a Stage 3 result within the past 12 months OR a FIP younger than a year that has never achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result but has completed a Stage 3 activity.

D - Some Past Progress
A FIP for which the most recent publicly reported Stage 4 or 5 result is more than 24 (but less than 30) months.

E - Negligible Progress
A FIP older than a year that has not reported a Stage 4 or 5 result in more than 30 month (but less than 36) months; OR a FIP younger than 1 year that has not reported a Stage 3 activity.

The ratings are currently derived by SFP from publicly available data on FIP websites, including FisheryProgress.org, and are determined using the following methodology: View PDF
C Some Recent Progress
Actions Complete
  • Complete
  • Incomplete
Next Update Due FisheryProgress requires a FIP to provide update reports every six months, and two missed reports will render the FIP inactive. If a report is overdue, this date will appear red.
Feb 2020
Target End Date
Jan 2021

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Gulf of Maine Research Institute
Organization Type 
NGO
Primary Contact 
Kyle Foley
Email 
Phone 
207-228-1670
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