Photo: Tom Moffatt/Atlantic Salmon Federation

Photo: Tom Moffatt/Atlantic Salmon Federation

Bangor Daily News: The [Maine] Legislature on Tuesday overturned a veto by Gov. Paul LePage of a bill that aims to protect delicate fish spawning habitats from motorized mining operations.

After a unanimous vote in the Senate on Tuesday morning [April 8], the House voted 119-23 Tuesday evening to override the veto.

The bill, LD 1671, prohibits motorized recreational gold prospecting in certain Maine waterways that contain brook trout and Atlantic salmon spawning habitats. It calls for the Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife and the Department of Marine Resources to conduct a study before Dec. 1, 2015, aimed at determining to what degree the waterways in question are still critical spawning habitats.

Read more about the bill that would protect Maine freshwater fish from certain mining operations.


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