CHAPTER 64

FORMERLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 103

AS AMENDED BY

HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1

AN ACT AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES & ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL, DIVISION OF FISH & WILDLIFE, TO ISSUE A COMMERCIAL GILL NET FOODFISHING PERMIT TO ANDREW M. HICKMAN, AGE 85, OF DAGSBORO, DELAWARE WHO IS PRESENTLY PROHIBITED FROM OBTAINING A PERMIT UNDER DELAWARE FINFISHING STATUTES.

WHEREAS, Mr. Andrew M. Hickman, age 85, of Dagsboro, Delaware P.O. Box 58, Rt. 1 has engaged in commercial gill net fishing all his life, but has not engaged himself in the business since the state enacted the Delaware Finfishing statute back in 1984 which requires a person to have a commercial gill net foodfishing permit to fish a drafting gill net; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Hickman did not apply for a commercial gill net permit immediately after passage of the new law in 1984; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Hickman, now 85 years of age, would like to have the opportunity in his last remaining years of his life to have the opportunity to do some commercial gill net fishing which he has well over 50 years of experience in prior to the state limiting the number of licenses that can be issued; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Hickman has in excess of 100 gill nets from past years when he used to commercial fish for a living.

WHEREAS, notwithstanding the fact that the state has a quota on the number of permits issued, Mr. Hickman at age 85 should be given the opportunity to live the remaining years of his life doing what he dearly enjoys and loves.

NOW THEREFORE:

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

"Section 1. The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Division of Fish & Wildlife is hereby authorized and directed to issue a commercial gill net foodfishing permit to Mr. Andrew M. Flickman of Dagsboro, Delaware P.O. Box 58, R.D. I, notwithstanding the provisions of §915(1), Chapter 9, Title 7, Delaware Code."

Section 2. The aforesaid commercial gill net foodfishing permit issued to Mr. Andrew M. Hickman shall not be transferable to any other person, entity or association.

Approved June 15, 1995