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§491.  Definitions

For the purposes of this Chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the meaning ascribed to them in this Section, unless the context clearly shows a different meaning:

(1)(a)  "Saltwater shrimp" includes all species of shrimp of commercial or economic value found in the coastal waters of the state and in the Gulf of Mexico contiguous to the Louisiana coast, including the white shrimp or "common saltwater shrimp"(Litopenaeus setiferus), also called the "lake shrimp"; the brown shrimp (Farfantepenaeus aztecus); the pink shrimp (Farfantepenaeus duorarum); the "sea bob" (Xiphopeneus kroyeri), also called "six barbes"; and any other shrimp or shrimplike species which may be taken from coastal waters or sold through commercial channels.

(b)  "Freshwater shrimp" means the common river shrimp (Macrobrachium ohione) and the delta river shrimp (Macrobrachium acanthurus).

(2)  "Take", in its different tenses, includes the act of pursuing, netting, capturing, trapping, wounding, or killing by any means or device whatsoever; and it includes any attempt to seine, trawl for, or catch saltwater shrimp.

(3)  "Possess" in its different tenses, includes the act of having in possession or control, keeping, detaining, restraining, or holding as owner, or as agent, bailee, or custodian of another; and whenever possession, sale, or purchase of shrimp is prohibited, reference is made equally to such shrimp coming from without the state as to that taken within the state.

(4)  "Transport" in its different tenses, includes the act of shipping, attempting to ship, receiving or delivering for shipment, transporting, conveying, carrying, or exporting, by air, land, or water, or by any means whatsoever.

(5)  "Processing" includes any method of preparing shrimp for the market, including drying, canning, packing, beheading, or freezing, but not the simple packing of fresh shrimp in ice during transportation.

(6)  "Consumer" includes restaurants and other places where shrimp is prepared for consumption or otherwise utilized, and includes persons using shrimp for bait.

(7)  The "length of seines, trawls, or other netting" is the full measure of the extended net as in use or in possession on the fishing grounds, when measured along the cork line between the points where the webbing is attached to the rope at either end, and does not include the additional rope used for pulling the net or attaching it to the arm-poles or trawl boards.

(8)  The "size of the mesh" of netting means the full measure of the mesh as found in use or in possession on the fishing grounds, measuring the full "bar" stretched from the near side of one knot to the far side of the other.

Amended by Acts 1958, No. 53, §1, emerg. eff. June 24, 1958; Acts 1997, No. 1163, §1, eff. July 14, 1997; Acts 2004, No. 126, §1, eff. Nov. 15, 2004.

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