2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 4 - AGRICULTURE AND DOMESTIC ANIMALS
Section 4:27-5 - Aquaculture Advisory Council.
4:27-5 Aquaculture Advisory Council.
5. a. There is established in the Department of Agriculture an Aquaculture Advisory Council which shall consist of 13 voting and two non-voting members. The voting members shall include the Secretary of Agriculture, who shall serve as chairman, the Commissioner of Environmental Protection, the Commissioner of Commerce and Economic Development, the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services, the director of the Aquaculture Technology Transfer Center, the director of the Aquaculture Training and Information Center, the executive director of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, or their designees, who shall serve ex officio, and six citizens of the State, to be appointed as follows: two by the President of the Senate, one of whom shall be a representative from recognized aquaculture organizations or an operator of an aquaculture farm and one of whom shall be a representative of the seafood industry; two by the Speaker of the General Assembly, one of whom shall be a representative of recognized aquaculture organizations or an operator of an aquaculture farm and one of whom shall be a representative of farmers; and two by the Governor from the public at large. The chairman of the Marine Fisheries Council and the chairman of the Fish and Game Council shall serve ex officio and as non-voting members.
b. The term of office of each public member shall be three years; except that of the first members to be appointed, one appointed by the Governor, one by the President of the Senate and one by the Speaker of the General Assembly shall be appointed for a term of two years, and the remaining two members shall be appointed for a term of three years. Each member shall serve until a successor has been appointed and qualified, and vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointments for the remainder of the unexpired term. A member is eligible for reappointment to the council.
c. A majority of the membership of the advisory council shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of advisory council business.
d. Members of the advisory council shall serve without compensation, but shall be entitled to reimbursement for expenses incurred in attendance at meetings to the extent funds are available therefor.
e. The advisory council shall act in an advisory capacity to the department and other State agencies on aquaculture matters. The advisory council shall assist the various departments in the evaluation of proposed and existing rules and regulations and the development of policies mandated by provisions of this act. The advisory council shall seek to ensure that aquaculture market development activities and policies reflect the changing needs and characteristics of the aquaculture industry. The advisory council shall review the Aquaculture Development Plan and update the plan as appropriate, but no less frequently than every five years.