CHAPTER 278

APPROPRIATION - PLANTING SEED OYSTERS IN MURDERKILL RIVER

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 7, DELAWARE CODE ENTITLED "CONSERVATION" BY PROVIDING FOR A TAX ON OYSTERS TAKEN FROM THE WATERS OF THE MURDERKILL RIVER, DAILY CATCH LIMITS AND PERIODS THAT OYSTERS MAY BE TAKEN THEREFROM; APPROPRIATION FOR PLANTING OF SEED OYSTERS THEREIN.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware:

Section 1. § 1906, Title 7, Delaware Code is amended by inserting after Sussex County, as it appears in line 7 of subsection (a) thereof the following:

"and the Murderkill River, Kent County,"

Section 2. § 2332, Title 7, Delaware Code is amended by striking out all of said section and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

§ 2332. Daily catch limit

No boat shall take or catch more than 25 bushels of oysters from the Broadkiln River or its tributaries in any one day. No boat shall take or catch any oysters from the Murderkill River or its tributaries until October 1, 1959 and then no more than 15 bushels of oysters shall be taken or caught by any one boat. An allowance of 20% of the total catch shall be made for waste.

Section 3. Chapter 23, Title 7, Delaware Code is amended by adding a new Section 2333 thereto to read as follows:

§ 2333. Taking of seed oysters

No oysters known as seed oysters shall be taken or caught from the Mispillion or Murderkill Rivers or their tributaries.

Section 4. § 2334, Title 7, Delaware Code is amended by striking out all of the said section and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

§ 2334. Taking oysters from Broadkiln and Mispillion Rivers

No oysters shall be taken or caught from the Broadkiln or Murderkill Rivers or their tributaries, except during the period from October first, to the following March thirty-first, both dates inclusive. The State Board of Health may permit oysters to be taken out of the Broadkiln River for seeding purposes only in home waters.

Section 5. There is hereby appropriated to the Commission of Shell Fisheries the sum of $10,000 to be used for the purpose of planting seed oysters in the Murderkill River.

Section 6. This is a Supplementary Appropriation Act and the money hereby appropriated shall be paid out of the General Fund of the State of Delaware.

Approved July 22, 1957.