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§20-3-4  Shellfish and marine life management areas. –

Published: 2015

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Fish and Wildlife


Marine Fisheries Council

SECTION 20-3-4

   § 20-3-4  Shellfish and marine life

management areas. –

The council may recommend to the director of environmental management, the

designation of certain portions of the shores of the public waters of the

state, or land within the state covered by tidewater at either high or low

tide, or portions of the free and common fisheries of the state as shellfish or

marine life project management areas for the purpose of enhancing the

cultivation and growth of marine species, managing the harvest of marine

species, facilitating the conduct by the department of experiments in planting,

cultivating, propagating, managing, and developing any and all kinds of marine

life, and any other related purpose. The designation shall be pursuant to the

Administrative Procedures Act, chapter 35 of title 42, and shall be by

reference to fixed landmarks. The council, upon the designation of a management

area, shall propose any rules and regulations as it shall deem necessary for

the protection and management of the management area and the animal life and

property in the management area, including the exclusion or restriction of

persons from the area or the prohibition of certain activities within the areas

or other restrictions as it may deem necessary. Upon the designation of a

management area, the director of environmental management shall place any

stakes, bounds, buoys or markers with the words "Rhode Island department of

environmental management" plainly marked on them, as will approximate the

management area. Failure to place or maintain the stakes, bounds, buoys, or

markers shall not be admissible in any judicial or administrative proceeding.

The director may make any experiments or conduct any activities as in his or

her discretion are appropriate in these management areas.

History of Section.

(P.L. 1981, ch. 197, § 3; P.L. 1987, ch. 254, § 2; P.L. 2004, ch.

359, § 2.)