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      RS 56:435     


§435. Scrapers; use in removing oysters

            A. All scrapers used to harvest oysters from the public seed grounds and the natural reefs shall be no longer than fifty-four inches in width measured along the tooth bar. No scraper shall weigh more than one hundred seventy-five pounds nor shall diving boards, hydrofoils, or any other apparatus or attachment intended to create downward pressure be attached to any scraper.

            B. For scrapers used to harvest oysters from the public seed grounds and the natural reefs, the scraper teeth shall be no longer than five inches in length and there shall be a minimum of two and one-quarter inch spacing measured from the center of a tooth to center of the adjacent tooth. A tooth shall not exceed eleven-sixteenths of an inch in diameter. In addition, there shall be no more than two scrapers in use on any one vessel. An oyster scraper bag shall only be single mesh with a minimum mesh size of three inches stretched.

            C. The lessees of propagating or bedding grounds may use on such propagating or bedding grounds any implements or appliances they may desire. However, no implements or appliances shall be used in any manner which will impair or destroy any water bottoms. The department may require lessees to procure from it permits to use such implements and appliances, such permits to be issued without charge, and to be conditioned that such implements or appliances shall not be used on natural oyster reefs in the state, and on those grounds not leased.

            D. A violation of the provisions of this Section shall constitute a class two violation.

            E. Repealed by Acts 1984, No. 402 §2.

            Acts 1981, No. 836, §1; Acts 1981, No. 925, §1. Amended by Acts 1982, No. 467, §1; Acts 1982, No. 626, §1. Acts 1984, No. 230, §1, eff. June 29, 1984. Acts 1984, No. 402, §2; Acts 1986, No. 904, §4; Acts 1990, No. 583, §1; Acts 1991, No. 496, §1; Acts 2016, No. 133, §1.

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