N.J. Admin. Code § 7:25-9.5 - Taking of hard clams

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

(a) No person shall take, attempt to take, possess, sell, offer for sale, purchase, or attempt to purchase hard clams. Mercenaria mercenaria, with a shell length less than one and one-half inches provided, however, where all clams are in containers, no violation shall be deemed to have occurred where no more than three percent of the number of clams in possession in any single container have a shell length less one and one-half inches, and where non-containerized clams are in possession, no violation shall be deemed to have occurred where no more than three percent of total number of clams in possession have a shell length less than one and one-half inches.
(b) Clams shall be culled by the harvester where taken, and all clams less than one and one-half inches in shell length shall be redeposited immediately on the bottom from where they were harvested.
(c) Possession and sale of hatchery-reared clams by a clam hatchery and purchase and possession of hatchery-reared clams from a clam hatchery shall be exempt from the provisions of (a) and (b) above provided that the purpose of this possession and sale or purchase is for planting and rearing hard clams to market size (that is, not less than one and one-half inches). Possession and/or sale of hatchery-reared seed clams less than one and one-half inches in length for the purpose of marketing and consumption shall not be exempt from the provisions of (a) and (b) above and shall not be permitted.
(d) Enforcement personnel shall seize all hard clams less than one and one-half inches in length which are in violation of 7:25-9.5 and return them to estuarine waters.

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