Senate Bill No. 735

Public Act No. 01-115

AN ACT CONCERNING RECREATIONAL FISHING IN CONNECTICUT.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 26-117 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

Any person who violates any provision of sections 26-102 and 26-111 to 26-116, inclusive, or any regulation issued by the commissioner pursuant thereto shall be fined [seventy-seven] one hundred fifty-four dollars. Each fish taken or possessed contrary to said provisions or to the regulations issued by the commissioner shall constitute a separate offense.

Sec. 2. Section 26-141 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

Any person who violates any provision of this part for the violation of which no other penalty is provided shall be fined [seventy-seven] one hundred fifty-four dollars. Each fish taken or possessed in violation of any provision of this part shall constitute a separate offense.

Sec. 3. Section 26-186 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

Any person who violates any provision of this part for which no other penalty is provided shall be fined not more than [fifty] one hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days or both, and each fish or crustacean taken or possessed in violation of any provision of said sections shall constitute a separate offense.

Sec. 4. Not later than January 1, 2002, the Department of Environmental Protection, in consultation with the Department of Agriculture, shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations concerning the effect of commercial and recreational fishing activities on glass eel beds in the state to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the environment, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes.

Sec. 5. This act shall take effect July 1, 2001.

Approved June 20, 2001