WHEREAS, the channeled whelk is a beautiful sea creature integral to the ecology and economy of the State of Delaware; and
WHEREAS, the warm estuarine waters and sandy sediments of Delaware Bay provide excellent habitat for the channeled whelk and our beaches are graced by their unique shells; and
WHEREAS, whelks are harvested every year all along the east coast, including thousands of pounds by Delaware watermen, and whelk is exported every year to other countries;
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:
Section 1. Amend Chapter 3, Title 29 of the Delaware Code by inserting a new section 324 as shown by underlining as follows:
§ 324. State shell.
The shell of the channeled whelk (Busycotypus canaliculatus) shall be the official shell of the State.
Approved May 06, 2014