OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 5359

AN ACT CONCERNING SHELLFISH LEASES AND DESIGNATED SHELLFISH PARCELS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM.

SUMMARY

This bill requires, instead of allows, the agriculture commissioner to adopt regulations concerning shellfish leases in accordance with the Uniform Administrative Procedure Act. By law, the commissioner may lease state shellfish beds to the highest responsible bidder for up to a 10-year term, at a minimum of $4 per acre, and the attorney general must approve the lease form.

The bill also allows the agriculture commissioner, after consulting with the energy and environmental protection commissioner, to designate up to two suitable shellfish parcels for use by one or more nonprofit educational organizations. The organizations must use the parcels to develop an aquaculture site for an environmental education curriculum. A parcel cannot be (1) designated to or shared with another person or entity and (2) more than one-half acre in total area.

By law, the commissioner may designate shellfish areas to regional agricultural science and technology education centers for conducting educational activities. The areas cannot be (1) greater than 50 acres each of restricted relay grow-out beds and approved harvest beds and (2) in production when designated (CGS 26-194(e)).

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2018

COMMITTEE ACTION

Environment Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

30

Nay

0

(03/22/2018)