2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 4 - AGRICULTURE AND DOMESTIC ANIMALS
Section 4:27-8 - Policies for use of aquaculture leases.
4:27-8 Policies for use of aquaculture leases.
8. Within 180 days after the effective date of P.L.1997, c.236 (C.4:27-1 et al.), the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Agriculture, in consultation with the Aquaculture Advisory Council, the Shellfisheries Council and the Pinelands Commission as it affects the pinelands area designated pursuant to section 10 of P.L.1979, c.111 (C.13:18A-11), jointly shall establish, according to rules and regulations adopted pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), appropriate policies for the use of aquaculture leases in waters of the State and for lands underneath waters of the State, including but not limited to lease specifications, fees, royalty payments, and assignability and termination of lease agreements. The policies shall provide for an expeditious procedure for finalizing lease agreements. Lease agreements shall convey a necessary degree of exclusivity to minimize the risks to the aquaculturists caused by pollution, vandalism, theft, and other forms of encroachment, while protecting common use rights of the public, and assuring the integrity and protection of the natural wild stocks and their habitat.
L.1997, c.236, s.8; amended 2007, c.338, s.1.