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Department of Marine Resources

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Identifier: US-MeSA-13


  • Creation: 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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Custodial History

The Maine State Archives holds the Maine State Government’s records of historical value. Records are transferred by state agencies to the Archives based on schedules set up by the records management system. These schedules describe the type of records created by the agencies and for how long they should be kept. (MRS Title 5, chapter 6, section 95-C)

Linked below are the general schedules which apply to all departments. Department-specific schedules, if any, are also included. Only current (most recent or active schedules) are included in these lists. Material may have come in under prior versions of the schedule with different descriptions or time periods. 

Department of Marine Resources - Agency Specific Schedules (pdf)

General Schedules

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Repository Details

Part of the Maine State Archives Repository

84 State House Station
Augusta Maine 04333