N.J. Admin. Code § 7:25-24.13 - Disposition of condemned lease areas

(a) Any bottom leased through the application process after September 18, 1989 and subsequently condemned for the harvest of shellfish pursuant to 58:24-1 et seq., as implemented by N.J.A.C. 7:12, shall be governed by the following:
1. The lessee shall be given a period of two years from the date the lease area was condemned during which time the lessee may move any shellfish present to a lease in approved water. To exercise the option to remove shellfish to approved waters, the lessee of a condemned lease area shall maintain a valid Commercial Shellfish License or Shellfish Certificate, and renew the lease if necessary, as specified in 7:25-24.8;
2. Prior to moving any shellfish, the lessee shall apply for and receive a special permit for this purpose, issued pursuant to 58:24-1 et seq., as implemented by N.J.A.C. 7:12, from the Division of Water Resources, Bureau of Marine Water Classification and Analysis;
3. During the two year period following the condemnation of a lease area, the lease shall not be transferred except by descent or distribution upon the death of the lessee, using the procedure in 7:25-24.9. The new lessee shall meet all criteria for the transfer of a lease specified in 7:25-24.9(a). A transfer occurring because of the lessee's death does not affect the two year period allowed for removal of shellfish; and
4. At the end of the two year period specified in (a) above, the lease shall be terminated. The lease shall not be renewed or extended unless the lessee demonstrates the need to continue the lease to the Council and the Commissioner. Grounds for extension of the lease may include illness. Failure to obtain a permit for transplanting shellfish shall not be grounds for extension of the lease.


N.J. Admin. Code § 7:25-24.13

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