CHAPTER 192

FORMERLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 282

AS AMENDED BY HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1 AND SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 1

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 9, TITLE 7 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO F1NFISHING IN TIDAL WATERS; CORRECTION OF PERTINENT DATA BY THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL; THE FINFISHERIES DEVELOPMENT FUND; AND ENFORCEMENT OF REPORTING REQUIREMENTS.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:

Section 1. Amend Section 903. Title 7 of the Delaware Code by adding a new subsection "(i)" to read as follows:

"(i) The Department Is authorized to collect pertinent data with respect to fisheries, including, but not limited to, information regarding the type and quantity of fish or weight thereof. areas In which fishing was conducted and time of fishing. The information collected by or reported to the Department shall be confidential and shall not be disclosed in a manner or form that permiu identification of any person or vessel, except when required by court order."

Section 2. Amend Section 916, Title 7 of the Delaware Code by adding to subsection (b) new paragraphs "(4)", "(5)", "(6)" and "(7)" to read as follows:

"(4) Postage for mailing notices of public hearings, fishery reports and other materials related to finfisheries management;

(5) Printing materials pertaining to the promulgation of regulation, printing notices of public hearings and other meetings, printing announcements, and printing information pertinent to finfisheries management;

(6) Conducting research on, and taking inventorles of, (Wish of significance to Delaware's commercial and recreational fishermen, such research and inventorying to be contracted out or performed by Department personnel."

Section 3. Amend Section 936, Title 7 of the Delaware Code by adding a new subsection "(e)" to read as follows:

"(e) Any commercial food fishing license holder who does not file a monthly report on his or her catch by effort, species and weight on forms provided by the Department, u required in Section 914 (6) of this Chapter, by 4:30 p.m. of the last working day of the month following the month for which the report is due may have his or her commercial food fishing license revoked by the Director until such time when all reporting requirements are fulfilled in a manner acceptable to the Director."

Approved July 19, 1985.