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      RS 30:101.6     


§101.6. Powers of the assistant secretary

            A. The powers of the assistant secretary shall include without limitation the power to do the following:

            (1) Negotiate and execute contracts, upon such terms as he may agree upon for underwater obstruction identification, inventory, and removal, and other services necessary to meet the purpose of this Part.

            (2) Publish an annual list of underwater obstruction sites, to include an inventory of the type, size and depth of the obstruction, and any other relevant information which would aid navigation and commercial fishing in the vicinity of the obstruction.

            (3) Prepare, evaluate, and approve an annual priority list for underwater obstruction removal.

            (4) Prepare, evaluate, and approve a list of contractors acceptable to conduct obstruction removal.

            (5) Administer and manage the Fishermen's Gear Compensation and Underwater Obstruction Removal Program for identification, inventory, and removal of underwater obstructions in the navigable coastal waters of the state.

            (6) Administer and manage the Fishermen's Gear Compensation and Underwater Obstruction Removal Dedicated Fund Account. 

            (7) Perform any function authorized or enumerated by this Part or which is consistent with its purpose.

            (8) Maintain a file on the location of known underwater obstructions.

            (9) Administer the payment of appropriate compensation for commercial fishermen whose fishing gear is damaged by underwater obstructions in the Louisiana territorial waters that overlie state-owned waterbottoms that are contained within the coastal zone boundaries as defined in R.S. 49:214.24.

            B. The aforementioned powers shall be in addition to and shall not limit the powers conferred on the assistant secretary in other provisions in this Title or any other pertinent provision of any state or federal law or regulation.

            Acts 1997, No. 666, §2; Acts 2021, No. 114, §18, eff. July 1, 2022; Acts 2022, No. 100, §2, eff. July 1, 2023.

NOTE: See R.S. 30:101.15 regarding the termination of Part after June 30, 2027.

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