FISH AND BOAT COMMISSION
Permits for the Use of Cast Nets or Throw Nets; Blue Marsh Reservoir, Berks County; Nocka- mixon Lake, Bucks County; Beltzville Lake, Carbon County; Lake Wallenpaupack, Pike County
[36 Pa.B. 1958]
Under 58 Pa. Code § 63.48 (relating to permit for the use of cast nets or throw nets), the Executive Director of the Fish and Boat Commission (Commission) or his designee may issue permits for the use of cast nets or throw nets for the taking of gizzard shad 8 inches or less in length and alewife only in waters to be determined by the Executive Director. Notice is hereby given that the Executive Director has determined that the Commission will issue permits under § 63.48 for the following waters: Blue Marsh Reservoir, Berks County; Nockamixon Lake, Bucks County; Beltzville Lake, Carbon County; and Lake Wallenpaupack, Pike County. A separate permit will be required for each body of water.
In addition to other permit conditions that the Executive Director may require, the cast nets or throw nets shall be no greater than 10 feet in radius (20 feet in diameter) with a mesh size of at least 3/8 inch. Furthermore, notwithstanding the provisions of § 61.1 (relating to Commonwealth inland waters), holders of permits for the use of cast nets or throw nets may take, catch, kill or possess a daily creel limit of 100 gizzard shad and alewife (combined species). A person may apply for a permit for the use of cast nets or throw nets by completing the form prescribed by the Commission. The applicant shall submit the completed form to the Commission along with the fee specified in section 2902 of the Fish and Boat Code (code) (relating to net permits).
It is unlawful to use cast nets or throw nets for the taking of gizzard shad and alewife or to take, catch, kill or possess more than the daily creel limit of gizzard shad and alewife as set forth in § 61.1 without the required permit. A permit for the use of cast nets or throw nets shall be carried so that it can be presented to an officer authorized to enforce the code. It also is unlawful to use gizzard shad or alewife taken under a permit for the use of cast nets or throw nets as live bait in any water other than the water from which it was taken.
DOUGLAS J. AUSTEN, Ph.D.,
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 06-685. Filed for public inspection April 21, 2006, 9:00 a.m.]
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