2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 4 - AGRICULTURE AND DOMESTIC ANIMALS
Section 4:27-10 - Review of laws, rules, regulations pertinent to aquaculture.

Universal Citation: NJ Rev Stat § 4:27-10 (2017)

4:27-10 Review of laws, rules, regulations pertinent to aquaculture.

10. a. The Department of Environmental Protection, in consultation with the Department of Agriculture, the Fish and Game Council, the Marine Fisheries Council and the Aquaculture Advisory Council, shall review the laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to the taking, harvesting, possession, and use of fish, wildlife, shellfish, and plants with regard to the effect of those laws, rules, and regulations on the taking, harvesting, possession, use, importation, containment, transport, and marketing of aquaculture products from public waters of the State. The review shall include, but need not be limited to, such factors as gear, season, area, size limits, and all rules and regulations adopted by the Department of Environmental Protection, the Fish and Game Council , or the Marine Fisheries Council that may impede the potential use of any species in aquaculture.

b. Based upon the review performed pursuant to subsection a. of this section the Department of Environmental Protection or the Fish and Game Council, as appropriate, shall adopt, pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.) and within one year of the effective date of this act, modifications that would not cause significant harm to wild stocks, natural habitat, or the environment, so as to either exempt specific types of aquacultural practices from those rules and regulations or reduce any negative impact upon those practices to the maximum extent practicable and feasible. To the extent that modifications in the law are required to accomplish the purposes of this section, the Department of Environmental Protection and the various other entities conducting the review shall make recommendations accordingly to the Governor and the Legislature.

c. The Department of Environmental Protection or the Fish and Game Council, as appropriate, in consultation with the Department of Agriculture and the Aquaculture Advisory Council, shall establish a program within one year of the effective date of this act and pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), regulating the importation and transport of species used in aquaculture.

L.1997,c.236,s.10.

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