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      RS 56:409.1     


§409.1.  Penalty for the wasting of the state's fishery resources

A.  No person shall waste any fish of this state.  As used in this Section, "waste" means the harvesting of any fish for commercial purposes which results in the excessive killing of such fish.

B.  Any person in violation of the provisions of this Section may be subject to a civil fine by the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in an amount not to exceed the fair market value of the fish wasted.  The fair market value of such fish shall be based upon the prevailing wholesale price of the fish, if such price is available, or shall approximate the price which could otherwise be obtained for the fish.

C.  The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries shall promulgate rules and regulations to assign a fair market value to fish under its jurisdiction, determine what constitutes the excessive killing of fish, and to otherwise implement the provisions of this Section, and shall subject such rules and regulations to legislative oversight by the House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment and Senate Committee on Natural Resources.

D.  Civil penalties may be assessed only by a ruling of the department based on an adjudicatory hearing held in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act.  No civil penalty shall be assessed under this Section for the wasting of fish the value of which is deemed by the department to be less than one thousand dollars.

E.  Any proceeds from a fine imposed under this Section shall be placed in the Conservation Fund to be used for the purposes of the fund.

F.  The provisions of this Section shall not apply to the taking or use of shrimp.

Acts 1986, No. 919, §1; Acts 2008, No. 580, §7.

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