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Department of Marine Resources

 Record Group
Identifier: US-MeSA-13

Scope and Contents

The Maine State Archives (MSA) collects and holds the permanent historical records of the Maine State Government. MSA was created in 1965. By 1971, MSA housed the historical records that had been held by the Secretary of State, Legislature, Courts and Executive Departments. This included records from defunct agencies.

With the implementation of a records management system, groups of records were identified as having permanent historical value and were sent to the Archives after a designated period of time. These included Commissioner/Executive correspondence, meeting minutes from Boards and Commissions, as well as department-specific records.


  • 1892 -


Biographical / Historical

The Department of Marine Resources was established in 1867 as the Commission of Fisheries. In 1931, the Commission became the Department of Sea and Shore Fisheries. Both the Advisory Council of the Department of Sea and Shore Fisheries and the Atlantic Sea Run Salmon Commission were created in 1947. In 1973, the Maine Legislature established the Department of Marine Resources, along with an expanded Marine Resources Advisory Council.

Today, the Department conserves and develops marine and estuarine resources of the State of Maine. The Department currently consists of four Bureaus, including the Bureau of Policy and Management, the Bureau of Marine Science, the Bureau of Public Health, the Bureau of Marine Patrol, and the Division of Aquaculture. Advisory councils are established by statute for Lobster, Scallop, Sea Urchin, Shellfish and Sea Run Fisheries and Habitat, as well as Commercial Fishing Safety and Aquaculture. In addition, seven lobster policy management councils (zones) are established with authority to hold referenda regarding lobster fishing regulations.


442.25 Linear Feet (526 containers)

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Metadata Rights Declarations

State Agency Schedules

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Repository Details

Part of the Maine State Archives Repository

84 State House Station
Augusta Maine 04333