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7 DE Admin. Code 3507
This Order considers proposed regulations to amend 7 DE Admin. Code 3507, Delaware Black Sea Bass: Size Limit, Trip Limits, Seasons, and Quotas, as a result of the Department's exhaustive review of its existing Fish and Wildlife Regulations, pursuant to Governor Markell's Executive Order No. 36 (hereinafter referred to as "E.O. 36"). In June of 2012, Governor Markell issued E.O. 36, which directed all state agencies, including DNREC, to perform a focused review of their existing, older regulations, identify and remove regulatory hurdles, and modernize and streamline any regulations that may be outdated or unnecessarily burdensome, while maintaining the state's commitment to improving public health and environmental performance.
Among the considerations of the Department's aforementioned focused review of its existing regulations under E.O. 36 was to ensure that the same continued to serve the original purpose for which they were adopted, and to provide for improvements. As a result, the Department's review found that the current black sea bass regulations, as found in 7 DE Admin. Code 3507, contain unnecessary qualifying criteria and do not adequately address black sea bass commercial permit transferability. The proposed amendments to 7 DE Admin. Code 3507 will better accommodate the needs of Delaware's commercial black sea bass permittees.
7.) The Department shall submit this Order approving the final regulation to the Delaware Register of Regulations for publication in its next available issue, and provide such other notice as the law and regulation require and the Department determines is appropriate.
(Penalty Section 7 Del.C. §936(b)(2))
1.0 It shall be unlawful for any commercial person to have in possession any black sea bass (Centropristis striata) that measures less than eleven (11) inches, total length excluding any caudal filament.
3.0 It shall be unlawful for any commercial fisherman to land, to sell, trade and or barter any black sea bass in Delaware unless authorized by a black sea bass landing permit issued by the Department. The black sea bass landing permit shall be presumed to transfer with the vessel whenever it is bought, sold, or otherwise transferred to an eligible transferee as defined in 7 Del.C. §2903, unless there is a written agreement, signed by the transferor/seller and transferee/buyer, or other credible written evidence, verifying that the transferor/seller is retaining the vessel’s fishing and permit history for purposes of replacing the vessel.
5.0 The Department may only issue a black sea bass landing permit for the pot fishery to a person who is the owner of a vessel permitted by the National Marine Fisheries Service in accordance with 50 CFR §§ 648.4 and who had applied for and secured from the Department a commercial food fishing license and has a reported landing history in either the federal or state reporting systems of landing by pot at least 10,000 pounds of black sea bass during the period 1994 through 2001. Those individuals that have landing history only in the federal data base must have possessed a state commercial food fishing license for at least one year during the time from 1994 through 2001. pertaining to black sea bass and was either issued a black sea bass landing permit by the Department in 2013 or was the transferee of black sea bass landing permit issued by the Department as per 3507 (3.0). The number of black sea bass landings permits issued by the Department for the pot fishery in any year will not exceed six.
6.0 The Department may only issue a black sea bass landing permit for the commercial hook and line fishery to a person who has applied for and secured from the Department a commercial food fishing license and a fishing equipment permit for hook and line and submitted landings reports in either the federal or state landing report systems for black sea bass harvested by hook and line during at least one year between 1994 and 2001 and was either issued a black sea bass landing permit by the Department in 2013 or was the transferee of black sea bass landing permit issued by the Department as per 3507 (3.0). The number of black sea bass landings permits issued by the Department for the commercial hook and line fishery in any year will not exceed thirteen.
Last Updated: December 31 1969 19:00:00.
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