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Substitute Senate Bill No. 592

Public Act No. 02-50

AN ACT CONCERNING THE PROTECTION OF CONNECTICUT FISHERIES.

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

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2002) No person shall take or attempt to take any elver eel, glass eel or silver eel from the waters of the state. Any person who violates the provisions of this section shall be fined not more than two hundred fifty dollars.

Sec. 2. Section 26-141 of the general statutes, as amended by section 2 of public act 01-115, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2002):

Any person who violates any provision of this part for the violation of which no other penalty is provided shall be fined [one hundred fifty-four] two hundred fifty 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 Section 26-186 of the general statutes, as amended by section 3 of public act 01-115, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2002):

Any person who violates any provision of this part for which no other penalty is provided shall be fined not more than [one hundred] two hundred fifty 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. (NEW) (Effective from passage) The Commissioner of Environmental Protection shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54 of the general statutes, to protect and restore eelgrass, including the protection of existing eelgrass beds from degradation, the development of a restoration plan to restore eelgrass and the periodic monitoring of the effectiveness of such measures to protect and restore eelgrass.

Approved May 9, 2002