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House Bill No. 5571

Public Act No. 06-116

AN ACT CONCERNING THE INTERSTATE SHIPMENT OF SHELLFISH AND SHELLFISH HARVESTING AND RELAY.

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

Section 1. Section 26-192f of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

Any person, firm or corporation (1) harvesting or taking shellfish from an area closed and posted by the Department of Agriculture against the removal of shellfish, except as provided in section 26-192h, or an area closed by commercial shellfish transplant license issuance or by order of the local director of health with the approval of the department, (2) misusing any shipping tag or license in violation of section 26-192c, (3) mislabeling shellfish shipments or deliveries with any false information, (4) failing to identify shellfish shipments or deliveries in accordance with [regulations adopted by the department] the National Shellfish Sanitation Program Model Ordinance, as amended from time to time, (5) harvesting shellfish from undesignated grounds, or (6) harvesting shellfish from designated grounds not listed on a license issued by the Department of Agriculture to such person, firm or corporation shall be fined (A) one thousand dollars, or (B) three times the market value of any shellfish taken, based on the quantity and type involved in the violation if such amount is greater than one thousand dollars, or imprisoned not more than twelve months. The Commissioner of Agriculture may revoke any license issued by said commissioner for up to sixty days for the second violation of this section within six months and up to ninety days for a third violation of this section within nine months. Any person who defaces or removes a sign posted by the Department of Agriculture in accordance with the provisions of section 26-192e, as amended, shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than six months. The provisions of this section are in addition to and in no way derogate any other enforcement provisions or penalties contained in any other section of the general statutes.

Sec. 2. (NEW) (Effective from passage) (a) The Department of Agriculture shall allow the relay of shellfish from shellfish grounds classified as restricted relay to other grounds in accordance with the National Shellfish Sanitation Program Model Ordinance, as amended from time to time, regarding restricted shellfish relay. The department shall allow the harvest of shellfish from shellfish grounds classified as approved for market on the same day using the same vessel, provided the harvester first harvests the approved market product and lands the product to shore. A harvester shall not begin the relay of shellfish from shellfish grounds classified as restricted relay until all shellfish harvested first from approved market grounds, in market quantities, have been removed from the vessel. Such harvester shall not begin such relay until after the harvester has notified the Department of Environmental Protection of such relay. The harvester shall provide all information required by the Department of Agriculture regarding shellfish relays to the Department of Environmental Protection at the time of such notification. For the remainder of the day, the harvester shall not harvest approved market shellfish after beginning such relay.

(b) All tag identification information regarding shellfish harvest locations shall be confidential, provided the harvester of the shellfish marks the tag with a unique code corresponding to the shellfish harvest location. Such harvester shall provide the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Environmental Protection with a written code key detailing the harvest location and corresponding code used by the harvester.

Approved June 2, 2006