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

    Chapter 3: License for hunting, fishing or trapping; penalty; exemptions.

      Section: 23:3-51.3: Menhaden Landing License.

          
5. a. Except as provided pursuant to section 12 of P.L.2014, c.57 (C.23:3-51.16), no person shall land for the purposes of sale or barter, or otherwise sell or barter, more than 100 pounds of menhaden at any time in the State, unless the person is in possession of a Menhaden Landing License which authorizes the person to participate in the directed bait and whole frozen human food fishery for menhaden.

b. (1) Any person who intends to land for the purposes of sale or barter, or otherwise sell or barter, more than 100 pounds of menhaden at any time shall submit to the commissioner an application for a Menhaden Landing License. Any license application for a Menhaden Landing License shall be filed with the commissioner prior to the annual deadline established thereby for application submission, and any application received by the commissioner after this deadline shall be denied.

(2) A Menhaden Landing License issued pursuant to this subsection shall be valid only for the calendar year for which it is issued, and shall be renewed on an annual basis. The failure of a licensee to annually renew a Menhaden Landing License in accordance with established deadlines shall result in forfeiture of the right to obtain a Menhaden Landing License in future years, except as provided by section 6 of P.L.2013, c.74 (C.23:3-51.4).

c. (1) The following types of vessels, and their owners or operators, are subject to licensure pursuant to this section:

(a) a gill net vessel that is used or is intended to be used to land more than 100 pounds of menhaden on an individual trip basis, for the purposes of sale or barter;

(b) a pound net vessel that is used or is intended to be used to land more than 100 pounds of menhaden on an individual trip basis, for the purposes of sale or barter;

(c) a trawl vessel that is used or is intended to be used to land more than 100 pounds of menhaden on an individual trip basis, for the purposes of sale or barter;

(d) a vessel that is used or is intended to be used to land, on an individual trip basis, and for the purposes of sale or barter, more than 100 pounds of menhaden taken by bait net or other authorized gear;

(e) a purse seine carry vessel that is used or is intended to be used to land, on an individual trip basis, and for the purposes of sale or barter, more than 100 pounds of menhaden taken from State or federal waters; and

(f) a purse seine catch vessel that functions as a purse seine carry vessel and satisfies the requirements of subparagraph (e) of this paragraph.

(2) A purse seine catch vessel that does not function as a purse seine carry vessel is exempt from licensure pursuant to this section. However, the owner or operator of a purse seine carry vessel that works in conjunction with a purse seine catch vessel shall identify the purse seine catch vessel on the landing report prepared thereby.

(3) (a) No purse seine carry vessel or purse seine catch vessel functioning as a purse seine carry vessel shall be licensed pursuant to this subsection to land menhaden taken from State waters, unless the vessel is 90 feet or less in overall length.

(b) Nothing in subparagraph (a) of this paragraph shall prohibit the licensure of a purse seine carry vessel or purse seine catch vessel that is greater than 90 feet in overall length, so long as the vessel lands menhaden taken only from federal waters.

(4) A Menhaden Landing License shall be issued by the commissioner in the name of: (a) the vessel and the vessel's owner or operator; or (b) if no vessel will be used in the landing or sale of menhaden, the person applying for the license. If a purse seine carry vessel or a purse seine catch vessel functioning as a purse seine carry vessel is operated by a person who is not the owner of the vessel, the vessel operator shall be licensed separately and apart from the vessel owner.

(5) Any license issued pursuant to this section shall specify the types of gear that may be used by the licensee in the taking of menhaden to be landed thereby.

d. The holder of a Menhaden Landing License shall not use, have on board the licensed vessel, or work in conjunction with any other vessel that uses any type of fishing gear other than the type of gear specifically identified in the license.

e. A Menhaden Landing License issued pursuant to this section shall remain on board the licensed vessel, or, if no vessel is used, in the possession of the licensee, at all times.

f. A person applying for a Menhaden Landing License shall meet the following criteria:

(1) In order to obtain a license to land menhaden taken by purse seine, the vessel shall have landed in the State at least 500,000 pounds of menhaden during one year between 2009 and 2012, inclusive, or have been issued a Menhaden Purse Seine Fishing Vessel License with a catch designation in 2014 and shall have landed in the State at least 200,000 pounds of menhaden in any one year between 2009 and 2012, inclusive. The gear type assigned to a Menhaden Landing License issued to a vessel with a Menhaden Purse Seine Fishing Vessel License with a catch designation shall be identified as a purse seine-catch;

(2) In order to obtain a license to land menhaden taken by pound net or wire pound net, the vessel shall have landed in the State at least 100,000 pounds of menhaden during one year between 2009 and 2012, inclusive;

(3) In order to obtain a license to land menhaden taken by gill net, haul seine, or fyke net, the licensee or vessel shall have landed in the State at least 10,000 pounds of menhaden during one year between 2009 and 2012, inclusive;

(4) In order to obtain a license to land menhaden taken by trawl, the vessel shall have landed in the State at least 200 pounds of menhaden during one year between 2009 and 2012, inclusive; and

(5) In order to obtain a license to land menhaden taken by bait net, the person shall have possessed a New Jersey Bait Net License during one year between 2009 and 2012, inclusive. If a person's application for a license to land menhaden taken by bait net is submitted in the year 2014 or thereafter, the commissioner may require the applicant to prove landings and sale of menhaden during the respective years commencing in 2013.

g. (1) A resident of the State who is licensed under this section to land menhaden taken by purse seine shall be required to pay an annual fee of $150. A resident of the State who is licensed under this section to land menhaden taken using any other type of gear shall be required to pay an annual fee of $50.

(2) A non-resident of the State who is licensed under this section to land menhaden taken by purse seine shall be required to pay an annual fee of $750, or an amount equal to the non-resident fee charged for the landing of menhaden in the non-resident's state, whichever is greater. A non-resident of the State who is licensed under this section to land menhaden taken with any other type of gear shall be required to pay an annual fee of $250, or an amount equal to the non-resident fee charged for the landing of menhaden in the non-resident's state, whichever is greater.

(3) Any license fees collected pursuant to this subsection shall be deposited in the Menhaden Marine Fisheries Management Account, established pursuant to section 14 of P.L.2013, c.74 (C.23:3-51.12).

h. Nothing in this section, in R.S.23:3-51, or in any other law, or rule or regulation adopted pursuant thereto, shall prohibit a person who does not possess a Menhaden Landing License from landing 100 pounds or less of menhaden for sale or barter, at any time, and on any trip or day.

L.2013, c.74, s.5; amended 2014, c.57, s.3.

This section added to the Rutgers Database: 2014-09-18 11:27:15.






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