After years of effort to persuade MDIFW and the Fisheries Division to implement a state sponsored ANS-AIS-HACCP program in Maine, which ended with "zero" results, we decided to implement our own program.
Based on the work done by Jeffrey L. Gunderson at
Minnesota Sea Grant College Program, University of Minnesota and Ronald E. Kinnunen at
Michigan Sea Grant College Program, Michigan State University, our ANS-AIS-HACCP program is now active in Maine.
We encourage all participants in the Baitfish Industry to embrace this program and diligently pursue the concept of Safe Bait in Maine.
HARMON BROOK FARM IS THE ONLY BAITFISH OPERATION IN MAINE THAT HAS IMPLEMENTED A
ANS-AIS-HACCP PROGRAM INTO ITS AQUAFARM OPERATION.
Our Goal: Safer bait products for Maine.
ANS-AIS-HACCP for Preventing the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species via
Wild Baitfish Harvest.
ANS-AIS-HACCP: Aquatic Nuisance Species-Aquatic Invasive Species–Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point Program
Harvest of wild baitfish, both commercial & recreational, can included numerous non-target species that are unlawful to possess and use as live or dead bait. Attention to this problem and utilizing proven methods/practices to remove these species is known as an ANS-AIS-HACCP Program.
ANS-AIS-HACCP is a flexible program stressing appropriate procedures and surveillance to ensure baitfish operations pose minimal risk for spreading unwanted species.