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a. The Commissioner of Environmental Protection shall have full control and direction of the shellfish industry and resource and of the protection of shellfish throughout the entire State, subject to the provisions of this Title. The commissioner shall adopt, pursuant to the “Administrative Procedure Act,” P.L.1968, c. 410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), such rules and regulations as may be necessary for the preservation and improvement of the shellfish industry and resource of the State, after consultation with the Shellfisheries Council and subject to the disapproval, as hereinbefore provided, of the Marine Fisheries Council. With respect to aquaculture, the commissioner, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture and the Shellfisheries Council, shall establish appropriate policies for the use of aquaculture leases in waters of the State and for lands underneath waters of the State, including but not limited to lease specifications, fees, and assignability and termination of lease agreements. The Department of Health and Senior Services, pursuant to R.S.24:2-1, shall regulate the safety of shellfish originating within the growing waters of the State, within interstate commerce and from international sources.
b. For purposes of this Title:
“Commissioner ” means the Commissioner of Environmental Protection.
“Council” means the Shellfisheries Council created pursuant to R.S.50:1-18.
“Department” means the Department of Environmental Protection.
“Shellfish” means any species of benthic mollusks, except for conchs (Busycon carica, Busycon contrarium and Busycotypus canaliculatum), the harvest of which is regulated pursuant to section 6 of P. L.1979, c. 199 (C.23:2B-6), section 2 of P.L.1941, c. 211 (C.23:5-24.2) and the rules and regulations adopted pursuant thereto, and shall include, but not be limited to, hard clams (Mercenaria mercenaria), soft clams (Mya arenaria), surf clams (Spisula solidissma) and oysters (Crassostrea virginica).
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - New Jersey Statutes Title 50. Shellfish 50 § 1-5 - last updated February 19, 2021 | https://codes.findlaw.com/nj/title-50-shellfish/nj-st-sect-50-1-5/
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