N.J. Admin. Code § 7:25-12.11 - Bait clams

Current through Register Vol. 54, No. 7, April 4, 2022

(a) A person or vessel shall not take, attempt to take, harvest, or dredge for bait clams, or participate therein, in any State waters without first obtaining:
1. A bait clam vessel license as provided for at 7:25-12.15; and
2. A special permit for bait clam harvest from the Division of Water Resources, as provided for at N.J.A.C. 7:12.
(b) Bait clam vessel licensees shall harvest bait clams only from condemned waters, as delineated at N.J.A.C. 7:12 and illustrated in the current Shellfish Growing Water Classification Charts, but not from condemned waters located within the prohibited fishing areas delineated at 7:25-12.9(a)1 and 2.
(c) Bait clam vessel licensees shall report fishing area daily as provided at 7:25-12.7(b)1 and file weekly harvest reports as provided at 7:25-12.13.
(d) The season for taking bait clams shall extend throughout the year.
(e) The time for taking bait clams shall be as follows:
1. October 1 through May 31: Daily, between 6:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time; and
2. June 1 through September 30: Monday through Saturday, between one half-hour before sunrise (Trenton Time) and 4:00 Eastern Standard Time.
(f) A weekly bait clam vessel quota may be set by the Commissioner with notice by mail to all license holders.
(g) A person shall not operate the identical vessel to take surf clams in the waters of this State for bait purposes and for human consumption on the same day.

Notes

N.J. Admin. Code § 7:25-12.11
Adopted Concurrent Proposal, R.1991 d.173, effective 4/1/1991.
See: 23 New Jersey Register 223(a), 23 New Jersey Register 1001(a).
Provisions of new rule R.1991 d.49 readopted with text added to (b) "as delineated at N.J.A.C. 7:12 and illustrated in the current Shellfish Growing Water Classification Charts".

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