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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 20-1309



[ 58 PA. CODE CH. 63 ]

Fishing; General Fishing Regulations

[50 Pa.B. 5270]
[Saturday, September 26, 2020]

 The Fish and Boat Commission (Commission) proposes to amend Chapter 63 (relating to general fishing regulations). The Commission is publishing this proposed rulemaking under the authority of 30 Pa.C.S. (relating to Fish and Boat Code) (code). The proposed amendments update the Commission's regulations for the sale and purchase of fish.

A. Effective Date

 This proposed rulemaking, if approved on final-form rulemaking, will go into effect upon publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

B. Contact Person

 For further information on this proposed rulemaking, contact Wayne Melnick, Esq., P.O. Box 67000, Harris- burg, PA 17106-7000, (717) 705-7810. This proposed rulemaking is available on the Commission's web site at

C. Statutory Authority

 The proposed amendment to § 63.19(d) (relating to sale and purchase of fish) is published under the statutory authority of section 2102(c) of the code (relating to rules and regulations).

D. Purpose and Background

 The specific purpose and background of the proposed amendment is described in more detail under the summary of proposal.

E. Summary of Proposal

 The Commission regulates both commercial and private fish cleaning stations under § 63.15a (relating to officially-recognized fish cleaning stations). This regulation allows anglers in certain circumstances to clean fish and dispose of the remains without transporting the intact catch to their home. This is important for many anglers, especially those on extended trips or visiting specific waters such as Lake Erie. Official cleaning stations also assist anglers in complying with regulations which prevent disposing of fish parts into Commonwealth waters. Fish processed at an official cleaning station allow anglers to be exempt from regulations requiring a fish to remain in-tact until reaching the place of consumption so it can be identified and measured for compliance with seasons, sizes and creel limits.

 As technologies for cleaning stations change, various methods of carcass disposal are utilized. In several states, fish cleaning byproducts may be sold to other entities for further beneficial use such as fertilizer in agriculture. In this Commonwealth, cleaning stations are forced to grind the carcasses and place the byproduct into wastewater treatment or landfills.

 To allow fish cleaning stations to provide a better service to Commonwealth anglers and facilitate better use of fish cleaning byproducts, the Commission proposes to amend § 63.19(d) of its regulations.

 The Commission proposes that § 63.19(d) be amended to read as set forth in Annex A.

F. Paperwork

 This proposed rulemaking will not increase paperwork and will not create new paperwork requirements.

G. Fiscal Impact

 This proposed rulemaking will have no adverse fiscal impact on the Commonwealth or its political subdivisions.

H. Public Comments

 Interested persons are invited to submit written comments, objections or suggestions about this proposed rulemaking to the Executive Director, Fish and Boat Commission, P.O. Box 67000, Harrisburg, PA 17106-7000, within 30 days after publication of this notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. Comments submitted by facsimile will not be accepted.

 Comments also may be submitted electronically by completing the form at If an acknowledgment of electronic comments is not received by the sender within 2 working days, the comments should be retransmitted to ensure receipt. Electronic comments submitted in any other manner will not be accepted.

Executive Director

Fiscal Note: 48A-301. No fiscal impact; (8) recommends adoption.

Annex A



Subpart B. FISHING


§ 63.19. Sale and purchase of fish.

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 (d) This section does not prohibit the sale, purchase, offer for sale, trade or barter of any fish propagated by or from a propagator or dealer of live aquatic animals registered under 3 Pa.C.S. Chapter 42 (relating to aquacultural development), if the fish are lawfully propagated or acquired by means other than fishing from the waters of this Commonwealth in accordance with the requirements of applicable laws and regulations. This section does not prohibit the sale, purchase, offer for sale, trade or barter of any fish by or from the holder of a commercial fishing license issued under Chapter 29 of the code (relating to special licenses and permits), if the fish are lawfully caught or taken in accordance with the requirements of applicable laws and regulations. This section does not prohibit the sale, purchase, offer for sale, trade or barter for the purpose of disposal of any non-flesh fish parts or roe that are the byproduct from any lawfully taken fish processed at a Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission recognized fish cleaning station under § 63.15a (relating to officially-recognized fish cleaning stations). This section does not prohibit the sale of mounted fish.

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 20-1309. Filed for public inspection September 25, 2020, 9:00 a.m.]

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