23:2B-6. Preparation of fisheries management plans; rules and regulations
The commissioner shall prepare fisheries management plans for each major fishery in the State, with the advice and assistance of the council, and if deemed necessary, advisory species related citizen panels. The citizen panels shall be composed of persons appointed by the commissioner. They shall review suggested management plans and any rules and regulations implementing said plans. Such management plans shall be coordinated with and take into consideration the appropriate Federal, Federal-State, regional management council and interstate programs.
The commissioner, subject to the disapproval of the council as hereinbefore provided, shall prepare and promulgate and may amend and repeal rules and regulations to carry out the intent of this act and to implement the provisions of the fisheries management plans. Any such rules and regulations shall be promulgated in accordance with the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c. 410 (C. 52:14B-1 et seq.). Such rules and regulations may:
a. Prohibit, limit, condition, require or establish the use of specified types of fishing gear; the size, number and quantity of specific species that may be taken; the areas to be opened or closed to their taking, the time and manner of their taking; and may prescribe such other limitations, conditions, requirements, or restrictions as is necessary and appropriate to the policy and purposes of this act;
b. Establish and develop fisheries management areas and prescribe rules governing the use of such areas;
The commissioner may not regulate, pursuant to this section, any species in any body of water which is regulated pursuant to Title 50 of the Revised Statutes.
L.1979, c. 199, s. 6, eff. Sept. 19, 1979.
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