Current through Register Vol. 54, No. 7, April 4, 2022
person or vessel shall not take, attempt to take, harvest, or dredge for surf
clams, or participate therein, in any State waters without first obtaining a
surf clam license and harvest tags as described in
, or bait clam vessel
license as described in
The general methods by which the
Department shall control the harvest of surf clams from State waters are as
1. The captain of a surf clam vessel
possessing a surf clam license, or of a licensed bait clam vessel, or his or
her designee, shall notify the Department of the intended fishing location of
the vessel and the intended port and time of landing each day it fishes in
State waters. The notification shall be made by calling the Division's Marine
Enforcement Unit, Bureau of Law Enforcement, at (609) 748-2050, prior to
fishing in State waters and prior to change of location. Changes in port of
landing or time of landing must be given four hours prior to landing.
2. Any person fishing for surf clams at any
time, or who has reported his intention to fish, in State waters shall have the
vessel's entire harvest for that fishing trip counted as part of the licensed
season allocation of surf clams.
A person shall not transfer surf clams from a surf clam vessel or bait clam
vessel to any other vessel. All surf clams harvested in State waters shall be
landed in this State. Specific hours of landing may be designated by the
Division. A person shall not operate a surf clam vessel or bait clam vessel to
fish in or land surf clams from both State and Federal waters on a single
fishing trip. A surf clam vessel shall not land any quahogs or surf clams taken
from Federal waters during the same fishing trip for which the Division's
Marine Enforcement Unit, Bureau of Law Enforcement, has received notification
of intent to use that vessel in State waters to harvest surf clams.
4. All surf clams shall be landed in their
shells and offloaded in cages. All surf clam cages containing surf clams shall
be tagged with tags obtained from the Division before offloading. The tags must
be used sequentially as issued. Tags shall not be removed until cages are
emptied at the processing plant, at which point the removed tags shall be
destroyed and discarded.
shall be unlawful to possess an empty cage to which a tag required at (b)4
above is affixed.
N.J. Admin. Code §
Amended by R.1995
d.632, effective 12/4/1995.
See: 27 New Jersey Register 3269(a), 27 New Jersey Register