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Connecticut Laws | Title 26 Fisheries And Game
Sec. 26-142b. Resident and nonresident commercial finfish, fishing and lobster pot licenses. Restrictions on issuance, transfer and renewal.

(2) The commissioner shall authorize the transfer of an active commercial fishing license, issued pursuant to subsection (c) of section 26-142a, provided the person transferring the license held the license every year from 1980 to 1989, inclusive, and landed summer flounder in this state in at least six of such ten years and reported such landings to the commissioner pursuant to section 26-157b. (597)

(d) The commissioner may authorize the transfer of an active commercial finfish license, commercial fishing license or commercial lobster pot license pursuant to subsection (c) of this section, for a period of two years from the date of death of such license holder. (598)

(e) Upon transfer of a license, the original license holder shall become ineligible to obtain a renewal of that license. Such original license holder may acquire a new license through a subsequent license transfer. (599)

(f) A transfer of a license under this section shall not be made while a commercial fishery license, registration or vessel permit held by the transferor or transferee is under suspension and a transfer shall not be authorized for any transferee who has had a commercial fishery license, registration or vessel permit revoked or suspended within the preceding twelve months. (600)

Sec. 26-142c. Vessel permit exemption for taking lobsters or fish for personal use. (601)(Text)

Notwithstanding the requirements of subsection (a) of section 26-142a, no commercial fishing vessel permit shall be required for any vessel used for taking lobsters or fish, including menhaden, for personal use only. (602)

Sec. 26-143. Nets to be marked. (603)(Text)

Section 26-143 is repealed. (604)

Sec. 26-143a. Nets to be buoyed and marked. Boats to display license or registration flag. (605)(Text)

All fyke, trap or pound nets shall be buoyed, and the buoy shall bear the registration or license number issued to the owner in figures at least six inches long and each stroke thereof not less than one-half inch wide. The figures shall be painted in black on a light background. The buoy bearing the identification of the owner shall be maintained in a conspicuous place at or near the bowl or heart of the fyke, trap or pound net. All gill nets, seines or similar devices shall have attached thereto a metal tag, furnished by the commissioner, bearing the license number of the owner. All boats used to set or tend lobster pots, gill nets, seines, traps, fykes, pounds, eel pots, otter trawls, beam trawls, balloon trawls, or similar devices licensed or registered under the provisions of section 26-142a, shall display in a conspicuous position a license or registration flag furnished by the commissioner. (606)

Secs. 26-144 to 26-148. Nets for taking tomcod or frost fish. Smelt and tomcod; nets, registration and fee. Taking of smelt and tomcod; open season, net specifications, designated time and area, penalty. Eel pots. Shad; nets; penalty. Set nets for taking shad in Connecticut and Farmington Rivers. (607)(Text)

Sections 26-144 to 26-148, inclusive, are repealed. (608)

Sec. 26-149. Commercial hatcheries. Fees. (609)(Text)

No person shall operate a commercial hatchery to hold, hatch or rear finfish or crustaceans, including, but not limited to, lobsters and blue crabs, in this state unless such person has obtained a commercial hatchery license from the Commissioner of Agriculture in accordance with the provisions of section 22-11h. The commissioner may issue such license to qualified applicants upon the submission of an application, on forms provided by the commissioner, containing such information as prescribed by the commissioner. There shall be an annual fee of one hundred thirty dollars for each such license. Such license shall expire on the last day of December next after the issuance thereof. All legally acquired finfish and crustaceans hatched, reared or held in commercial hatcheries may be taken and sold at any time for the purpose of stocking other waters, for bait or for food, except that lobsters or blue crabs sold for any purpose other than for rearing in another commercial hatchery shall not have ova or spawn attached and must meet the minimum legal length requirements provided in subsection (a) of section 26-157a. Each owner or operator of any such hatchery shall keep such records as are required by the commissioner on forms provided by the commissioner which record shall be open to inspection by said commissioner or the commissioner's authorized agents at any time and a copy of such records shall be furnished to the commissioner by January thirty-first of the year following the year covered by the report. Representatives of the commissioner may enter upon the premises of any such licensed hatchery at any time to inspect any facility, equipment, impoundment or any finfish or crustaceans to determine the presence of disease or parasites. In such case said commissioner, when so requested, may render such technical assistance as is necessary and possible and may charge a reasonable fee for such services. In the event that the presence of disease or parasites is confirmed in finfish or crustaceans hatched, held or reared in such licensed hatchery said commissioner is authorized to suspend or revoke any such commercial hatchery license and issue an order prohibiting the sale, exchange or removal from such premises of such finfish or crustaceans, and direct such disposition of such remaining finfish or crustaceans including the eggs of such finfish or crustaceans as the commissioner determines would be in the public interest. Any person issued a license to operate a commercial finfish hatchery may charge a fee for the privilege of fishing in the waters included under said license and may sell any species of finfish removed therefrom, provided no sport fishing license shall be required. Said commissioner may adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, governing and prescribing the methods of taking such finfish and the conditions under which such finfish may be sold, removed from the premises, possessed and transported. Said commissioner may adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, governing and prescribing the method of taking particular species of finfish and the conditions under which such finfish may be removed from the premises, possessed and transported, without a sport fishing license, from artificial facilities at fairs, sportsmen's shows and at such other place as said commissioner authorizes. Persons operating such facilities shall not be required to pay a fee to said commissioner and such persons may charge a fee for the privilege of fishing in such water, provided any such facility and any finfish used in connection therewith may be inspected at any time by any representative of the department to determine the presence of disease or parasites. In the event the presence of disease or parasites is confirmed any such representative may issue a written order directing that such facility be immediately closed to the public and directing such disposition of such remaining finfish as would be in the public interest. Any person who violates any provision of this section or any regulation adopted or order issued by the commissioner, or such representative, or any person who, without proper authorization, takes or attempts to take any finfish or crustacean from any waters described herein shall be fined not more than two hundred dollars or be imprisoned for not more than thirty days or both. (610)

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