AUGUSTA — The Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) has released the revised Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Maine Groundfish Permit Banking Program.

The original RFP was released earlier this summer and was suspended on July 21. The temporary suspension enabled the incorporation of recent changes to the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that dictates how the Permit Banking Program can operate. These changes will enable a wider range of benefits to be distributed to eligible Maine fishermen. The deadline for written questions is Sept. 14, at 5 p.m. local time.


The response to written questions will be released on Sept. 21.

The final proposal due date is Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. local time.

DMR anticipates acquiring permits by the end of the 2010 calendar year, and may be able to assist some vessels this winter. The Permit Banking Program should begin assisting sector vessels by May 1, 2011 (the start of the 2011 fishing year).

If you would like to receive a copy of the revised RFP, or a copy of the original RFP and the responses to questions, please contact Togue Brawn at 624-6558.

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