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58 Pa. Code § 63.51. Sale of VHS-susceptible species of fish.

§ 63.51. Sale of VHS-susceptible species of fish.

 (a)  For purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:

   (1)  Species of fish that are susceptible to viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS) are those species that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (APHIS) designates by order or the Commission defines by notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

     (i)   The term ‘‘VHS-susceptible species’’ includes fish that are dead or alive, preserved or unpreserved, and the parts thereof.

     (ii)   The term ‘‘VHS-susceptible species’’ does not include the eggs of these species.

   (2)  A VHS-affected or VHS-at risk state includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio and Wisconsin or other state that APHIS later designates by order or the Commission later defines by notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin as being VHS-affected or VHS-at risk.

   (3)  A VHS-affected or VHS-at risk region includes the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec or other region that APHIS later designates by order or the Commission later defines by notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin as being VHS-affected or VHS-at risk.

 (b)  It is unlawful to sell VHS-susceptible species of fish from the portion of the Lake Erie watershed in this Commonwealth in other watersheds of this Commonwealth except in accordance with §  69.3(e) (relating to transportation, introduction and sale of VHS-susceptible species of fish out of the Lake Erie watershed).

 (c)  It unlawful to sell in this Commonwealth VHS-susceptible species of fish from a VHS-affected or VHS-at risk state, unless the following conditions are met:

   (1)  The sale meets the requirements of 30 Pa.C.S. §  2507 (relating to sale of certain fish, reptiles and amphibians prohibited).

   (2)  The fish are from a group of fish certified as having tested negative for VHS or are from an artificial propagation facility certified as having tested negative for VHS in accordance with the testing protocols adopted by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and approved by the Commission. Persons selling these fish shall have in their possession, and present upon the request of an officer authorized to enforce the code, either a copy of the fish health certification reports for all VHS-susceptible fish kept at the place of sale or a copy of the fish health certification report for the artificial propagation facility if the fish are from a facility certified as having tested negative for VHS.

 (d)  It unlawful to sell in this Commonwealth VHS-susceptible species of fish from a VHS-affected or VHS-at risk region, unless the fish meet the requirements of §  73.3(d)(1) (relating to transportation and importation of VHS-susceptible species of fish).

Authority

   The provisions of this §  63.51 issued under the authority of the Fish and Boat Code, 30 Pa.C.S. §  2102(a).

Source

   The provisions of this §  63.51 adopted December 12, 2008, effective January 1, 2009, 38 Pa.B. 6742.



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