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Take notice that the NJ Department of Environmental Protection is proposing amendments to the existing Marine Fisheries Regulations at N.J.A.C. 7:25-18.16 which includes changes to the horseshoe crab harvest quota and season.
Amendments to the marine regulations are as follows: Establishes an annual moratorium on the harvesting of horseshoe crabs in New Jersey from May 1 through June 7. Reduces the annual in-state horseshoe crab harvest quota for New Jersey to no more than 150,000 horseshoe crabs. Requires the use of bait saving devices in the conch pot fishery when using horseshoe crabs as bait. Clarifies the requirement that all horseshoe crab permittees must report the previous weeks harvest to the Division of Fish & Wildlife.
The proposal is scheduled to be published in the New Jersey Register dated May 19, 2003. A copy of the proposal is available from: Division of Fish and Wildlife, Bureau of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 400, Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0400, Attn: Kurt Powers. Please enclose a check or money order made payable to the Division of Fish and Wildlife in the amount of $3.00 to cover copying costs.
Written comments may be submitted by June 18, 2003 to:
Karen Hershey, Esq.
Office of Legal Affairs
Department of Environmental Protection
401 East State St.
P.O. Box 402
Trenton, NJ 08625-0402
DEP Docket # 11-03-05/397