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New Jersey Statutes, Title: 23, FISH AND GAME, WILD BIRDS AND ANIMALS

    Chapter 2B:

      Section: 23:2B-14: "Act" defined, penalties; enforcement.

          73. For purposes of this section, the "act" means and includes all the new sections and amended sections contained herein, all the remaining sections of Title 50 of the Revised Statutes, sections 23:3-41, 23:3-46, 23:3-47, 23:3-48, 23:3-51, 23:3-52, 23:5-9, 23:5-16, 23:9-114, 23:9-115 and 23:9-120 of Title 23 of the Revised Statutes, sections 1, 2, and 3 of P.L.1941, c.211 (C.23:5-24.1 to 23:5-24.3), sections 4 through 17 of P.L.2013, c.74 (C.23:3-51.2 through C.23:3-51.15), and section 12 of P.L.2014, c.57 (C.23:3-51.16).

The commissioner may utilize any or all of the following remedies for any violation of this act:

a. (1) A person who violates the provisions of this act or of any rule, regulation, license or permit adopted or issued pursuant to this act shall be liable to a penalty of not less than $300 or more than $3,000 for the first offense and not less than $500 or more than $5,000 for any subsequent offense, unless the commissioner has established an alternate penalty for a specific offense pursuant to paragraph (2) of this subsection.

(2) The Commissioner of Environmental Protection, with the approval of the Marine Fisheries Council, may, by regulation, establish a penalty schedule for any specific violation of this act or of any rule or regulation adopted pursuant to this act. No such penalty may be less than $30 or more than $100 for the first offense or less than $50 or more than $200 for any subsequent offense. Any penalty provided for by this act or by the fee schedule adopted by the commissioner shall be collected in a civil action by a summary proceeding pursuant to the "Penalty Enforcement Law of 1999," P.L.1999, c.274 (C.2A:58-10 et seq.). The Superior Court or any municipal court shall have jurisdiction to enforce the "Penalty Enforcement Law of 1999." If the violation is of a continuing nature, each day during which it continues shall constitute an additional, separate and distinct offense.

b. (1) A person who violates the provisions of this act or any rule or regulation or any license or permit adopted or issued pursuant to this act shall be liable to the revocation or suspension of any license or permit held by the violator pursuant to this act for such period of time as the court may choose, except when the rule or regulation violated includes a mandatory revocation or suspension schedule in which case that schedule shall determine the period of time of the revocation or suspension.

(2) In the case of a person who knowingly violates the provisions of R.S.50:2-11,R.S.50:3-13, R.S.50:4-2, or R.S.50:4-3, or any rule or regulation or any license or permit adopted or issued pursuant thereto, the violator shall be subject to a mandatory revocation or suspension of the license or permit or privilege for the taking of oysters, clams or other shellfish held by the violator, or in the case of a violator without the necessary license or permit the loss of the privilege to take oysters, clams or other shellfish, for a period of three years for a first offense, five years for a second offense, and 10 years for the third and any subsequent offense. For purposes of this paragraph, a knowing violator shall include, but need not be limited to: (a) a person who is the holder of a commercial shellfish license or permit; (b) a person who is the holder of a recreational shellfish license or permit who is in possession of more than the daily recreational shellfish limit; (c) a person without any shellfish license or permit who is in possession of more than the daily recreational shellfish limit; (d) a person who is the holder of a recreational shellfish license or permit who is engaging in shellfish activities with the holder of a commercial shellfish license or permit; or (e) a person without the necessary shellfish license or permit who is engaging in shellfish activities with the holder of a commercial shellfish license or permit.

c. If a person violates any of the provisions of this act, or any rule or regulation or any license or permit adopted or issued pursuant to this act, the department may institute a civil action in a court of competent jurisdiction for injunctive relief to prohibit and prevent the violation or violations and the court may proceed in the action in a summary manner.

The department is hereby authorized and empowered to compromise and settle any claim for a penalty under this section in such amount in the discretion of the department as may appear appropriate and equitable under all of the circumstances.

d. In addition to the penalties prescribed by this section, a person who violates the provisions of R.S.50:2-11, R.S.50:3-13, R.S.50:4-2, or R.S.50:4-3, or any rule or regulation or any license or permit adopted or issued pursuant thereto, shall be subject to the forfeiture of any vessel, vehicle, or equipment used in the commission of the violation. A designated conservation police officer of the Department of Environmental Protection, a member of the State Police, or any other law enforcement officer may seize and secure any vessel, vehicle, or equipment used in the commission of such a violation. Upon the seizure of the vessel, vehicle, or equipment, the conservation police officer, member of the State Police, or other law enforcement officer shall immediately thereafter institute a civil action to determine if the forfeiture is warranted in the court in which the penalty action was filed pursuant to this section, which court shall have jurisdiction to adjudicate the forfeiture action. The owner or any person having a security interest in the vessel, vehicle, or equipment may secure its release by depositing with the clerk of the court in which the action is pending a bond with good and sufficient sureties in an amount to be fixed by the court, conditioned upon the return of the vessel, vehicle, or equipment to the Department of Environmental Protection upon demand after completion of the court proceeding. The court may proceed in a summary manner and may direct the confiscation of the vessel, vehicle, or equipment by the department for its use or for disposal by sale or public auction. Moneys collected by the department through the sale or public auction of the vessel, vehicle, or equipment shall be used by the Division of Fish and Wildlife for the enforcement of the provisions of this act.

L.1979, c.199, s.73; amended 1983, c.219, s.1; 1991, c.91, s.279; 2003, c.8, s.1; 2013, c.74, s.1; 2014, c.57, s.1; 2019, c.407, s.7.

This section added to the Rutgers Database: 2020-02-20 16:11:36.






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