RS 56:328     

§328.  Conducting fishing operations so as not to destroy nests or natural hiding places of young fish; prohibited importation; control and regulation of noxious aquatic plants; permit; penalty

A.  All fishing operations shall be conducted in such a way that nests of fish or the natural hiding places of young fish or shrimp are not destroyed.  Nets shall not be hauled out upon the shore in such a way that any illegal fish which may happen to be taken therein cannot be returned to the waters without injury.  All vegetation hauled up in fishing operations, except such as may be condemned as detrimental by the commission, shall be carefully removed and immediately put back into the waters in such a manner as not to injure any fish eggs, small fish, or fish foods contained therein.

B.  No person shall at any time import or cause to be transported into the jurisdiction of the state of Louisiana, from any other state or country, without first obtaining a written permit from the department, noxious aquatic plants which are or can be grown submerged, immersed, floating in water, or in wetland conditions.  The department shall maintain and promulgate under the Administrative Procedure Act a list of prohibited invasive, noxious aquatic plants.

C.  The department shall have the authority to promulgate rules under the Administrative Procedure Act to prevent the introduction of invasive, noxious aquatic plants and to control, eradicate, and prevent the spread or dissemination within the state of all invasive, noxious aquatic plants that pose a threat to the wildlife or fisheries resources of the state.  The department may issue permits for the importation of any of the invasive, noxious aquatic plants for the purpose of conducting scientific investigations of such species of aquatic plants.  Terms and conditions of all permits issued shall be prescribed by the department.

D.  The department shall confer and cooperate with the Department of Agriculture and Forestry to determine if any potentially regulated plants are of agricultural importance.

E.  Violation of the provisions of Subsection B or C of this Section and violation of any rule adopted pursuant to the provisions of this Section constitutes a class four violation.

Acts 1974, No. 223, §1.  Amended by Acts 1975, No. 248, §1; Acts 1980, No. 593, §1; Acts 1981, No. 837, §3; Acts 1992, No. 45, §1; Acts 2006, No. 400, §1, eff. July 1, 2006; Acts 2006, No. 400, §2, eff. Jan. 1, 2007.