23:3-51.10 Requirements for licensees relative to littering, cleanup.
12. a. The holder of a Menhaden Purse Seine Fishing Vessel License or a Menhaden Purse Seine Fishing Vessel Operator's License, issued pursuant to R.S.23:3-51, and the holder of a Menhaden Landing License, issued pursuant to section 5 of P.L.2013, c.74 (C.23:3-51.3), shall not throw overboard, or otherwise release from a vessel or its nets into the waters of the State: (1) any quantity of dead fish, except during the course of fishing operations; or (2) any refuse, litter, or garbage of any kind.
b.Whenever any fish, fish parts, refuse, litter, or garbage of any kind is released during, or as a result of, a menhaden fishing or landing operation, in violation of the provisions of subsection a. of this section, the holder of a Menhaden Purse Seine Fishing Vessel License, a Menhaden Purse Seine Fishing Vessel Operator's License, or a Menhaden Landing License, as the case may be, shall report the release to the department as soon as possible and initiate a cleanup of the release within 24 hours thereof, at the licensee's expense, if the release is likely to impact the shoreline.
c.In the event that a licensee fails to initiate a cleanup, in accordance with the provisions of subsection b. of this section, within 24 hours after a release begins, the department may conduct or arrange for the cleanup of the release. However, the licensee shall be liable to pay all costs associated with the cleanup, including any administrative costs incurred by the department. Costs imposed pursuant to this subsection may include the costs associated with damages to, or the cleanup of, marine and estuarine waters of the State, or the State's beaches, shorelines, and marshes.
L.2013, c.74, s.12; amended 2014, c.57, s.8.
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