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SECTION 13-0349
Taking of fish for commercial purposes
Environmental Conservation (ENV) CHAPTER 43-B, ARTICLE 13, TITLE 3
§ 13-0349. Taking of fish for commercial purposes.

1. No person shall take food fish, shellfish, or crustacea from the
waters of the marine and coastal district for commercial purposes using
a commercial fishing vessel longer than seventy feet in registered
length. For purposes of this section a person shall be presumed to be
taking food fish, shellfish or crustacea for commercial purposes when
setting, maintaining, operating or using nets, except seines not larger
than thirty feet long or four feet deep or lift nets not larger than
sixteen square feet; traps, except bait traps not more than thirty
inches in length; combs; dredges; pots; or hook and line, except by

2. However, vessels being used to take food fish, shellfish or
crustacea from the waters of the marine and coastal district prior to
July first, nineteen hundred ninety-seven shall be exempt from the
registered length requirement and the department shall publish a list of
such vessels. In addition, such vessels which are exempt from such
seventy foot in registered length requirement, and are on the list
published pursuant to this section, shall also be permitted to be
replaced one time without loss of such exemption.

3. All vessels of sixty-three feet or greater registered length may be
replaced one time by a new vessel of up to ten percent greater
registered length.