N.J. Admin. Code § 7:25-24.15 - Research/educational activities

(a) The Council may grant, subject to the approval of the Commissioner, leases of new ground to educational institutions for the purpose of research or education, or both. Such leases shall be in the name of the institution and the responsible investigator.
(b) The application for a research/education lease shall be accompanied by a written proposal explaining the need for the lease and describing the research to be conducted.
(c) The holder of a research/education lease shall apply for annual lease renewal prior to December 31 of each year. Renewal of a research/education lease is contingent upon a written report on the use of the lease during the past lease term. The report shall explain the research and education activities conducted and the results obtained. In addition, a proposal for use of the lease for the coming year shall be submitted as part of the report.
(d) Applications, reports and proposals for research/education leases and research/education lease renewals shall be reviewed by Bureau staff who shall recommend to the Council and to the Commissioner whether to grant, renew or deny each lease for the purpose of research or education, or both.
(e) A lease issued for the purpose of research or education, or both, shall not be used as a commercial venture or profit making activity for any institution, investigator, student or any other person. Shellfish or other items obtained through a research/education lease shall not be sold under any circumstances.
(f) Leases for research/education purposes are subject to the provisions of this subchapter except as follows:
1. A commercial shellfish license or shellfish certificate is not required for obtaining or renewing the lease (see 7:25-24.5 );
2. The Bureau will not conduct a biological survey unless requested by the Council. If the Bureau conducts a biological survey, a biological survey fee will not be charged unless requested by the Council in its discretion (see 7:25-24.6(c) );
3. A lease fee will not be charged (see 7:25-24.7 );
4. The Bureau will not conduct a hydrographic survey and will not charge a hydrographic survey fee; however the lessee shall follow the provisions of 7:25-24.10 concerning staking (see 7:25-24.7 ); and
5. The Council, with the approval of the Commissioner, may grant a research/education lease of more than two acres if, in the opinion of the Council, the written proposal accompanying the lease application justifies the need for the increased lease size.
(g) The lessee of record shall comply with all other provisions of this subchapter.
(h) Failure to comply with the specific provisions of this section may result in termination of the lease by the Council, with the approval of the Commissioner.


N.J. Admin. Code § 7:25-24.15

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