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58 Pa. Code § 73.3. Transportation and importation of VHS-susceptible species of fish.

§ 73.3. Transportation and importation of VHS-susceptible species of fish.

 (a)  Definitions. 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)  Intrastate transportation. It is unlawful to transport or cause the transportation of VHS-susceptible species of fish out of the portion of the Lake Erie watershed in this Commonwealth into other watersheds of this Commonwealth except in accordance with §  69.3(b) (relating to transportation, introduction and sale of VHS-susceptible species of fish out of the Lake Erie watershed).

 (c)  Interstate transportation. It is unlawful to transport or cause the transportation of VHS-susceptible species of fish into this Commonwealth from a VHS-affected or VHS-at risk state, except when one of the following conditions is met:

   (1)  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 (Department) and approved by the Commission. Persons transporting these fish shall have in their possession, and present upon the request of an officer authorized to enforce the code, a copy of the fish health certification reports for all VHS-susceptible fish being transported or a copy of the fish health certification report for the artificial propagation facility if the fish are from a facility that has been certified as having tested negative for VHS.

   (2)  The fish are being transported through this Commonwealth and the shipping container (tank, trailer, holding vessel or other container) remains biosecure in transit and the fish are accompanied in transit by documentation stating the point of origin of the fish and the location outside of this Commonwealth to which they are to be delivered.

   (3)  The fish are being transported to facilities located within this Commonwealth for testing and scientific purposes and the persons transporting the fish have taken adequate measures to prevent escape and to disinfect discharged water and equipment used in the transportation of the fish and the fish are accompanied in transit by documentation stating the point of origin of the fish and the destination to which they are to be delivered for testing or scientific purposes.

   (4)  The fish are being transported to a slaughter facility, processing plant or restaurant within this Commonwealth and the fish are accompanied in transit by documentation stating the point of origin of the fish and the destination to which they are to be delivered for slaughter, processing or consumption.

   (5)  The fish are dead, recreationally caught fish that are being transported solely for the purpose of human consumption.

 (d)  International movement. It is unlawful to import or cause the importation of VHS-susceptible species of fish into this Commonwealth from a VHS-affected or VHS-at risk region, except as follows: VHS-susceptible species of dead fish may be imported into the United States if the fish are recreationally caught and are for human consumption.

Authority

   The provisions of this §  73.3 adopted under the authority of the Fish and Boat Code, 30 Pa.C.S. §  2102(a); amended under the Fish and Boat Code, 30 Pa.C.S. §  2102(c).

Source

   The provisions of this §  73.3 adopted December 12, 2008, effective January 1, 2009, 38 Pa.B. 6742; amended January 8, 2010, effective January 9, 2010, 40 Pa.B. 257. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (340050) to (340052).

Cross References

   This section cited in 58 Pa. Code §  63.51 (relating to sale of vhs-susceptible species of fish); and 58 Pa. Code §  71.8 (relating to introduction of vhs-susceptible species of fish).



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