SENATE, No. 722
STATE OF NEW JERSEY
INTRODUCED FEBRUARY 26, 1998
Senator ANDREW R. CIESLA
District 10 (Monmouth and Ocean)
Senator C. LOUIS BASSANO)
District 21 (Essex and Union)
Prohibits taking of menhaden in certain areas by certain means for certain purposes.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
An Act concerning the taking of menhaden and amending R.S.23:3-51.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. R.S.23:3-51 is amended to read as follows:
23:3-51. a. A person intending to take menhaden with purse or shirred nets in any waters in the jurisdiction of this State, including the waters of the Atlantic ocean, within  three nautical miles of the coast line of this State, shall apply to the commissioner for a license therefor. The commissioner, upon the receipt of the application and payment [to him]of the fee provided in section 23:3-52 of this Title, may, [in his discretion] at the commissioner's discretion , issue to the applicant a license, to take menhaden [with purse or shirred nets], except as prohibited in subsection b. of this section. The license shall be void after December 31 next succeeding its issuance.
b. Notwithstanding any other law, or rule or regulation adopted pursuant thereto, to the contrary, no commissioner shall issue a license for the taking of menhaden, and no person may take menhaden:
(1) For the purpose of fish meal reduction in State coastal waters;
(2) For the purpose of bait by the means of purse seine or mobile reel gear within two nautical miles of the coast of the State; or
(3) For the purpose of bait or fish meal reduction in the Delaware, Great, Raritan or Sandy Hook bays.
(cf: P.L.1979, c. 199, s. 66)
2. This act shall take effect immediately.
This bill prohibits the taking of menhaden for fish meal reduction in State coastal waters, for bait by purse seine or mobile reel gear within two nautical miles of the coast of the State, and for bait or fish meal reduction in the Delaware, Great, Raritan or Sandy Hook bays.