Sale Prohibited

Certain items originating from New Hampshire are restricted from being sold outside the state. Here are the specifics:

  • Seaweed, Rockweed, or Sea Moss: These products of N.H. origin are prohibited from being sold outside the state.

  • Softshell Clams and Oysters: Softshell clams and oysters originating from New Hampshire cannot be sold.

  • Striped Bass: Regardless of origin, the sale of striped bass is prohibited.

  • Quahogs, Littlenecks, and Cherrystones (Mercenaria mercenaria) less than 1 inch in shell thickness: These shellfish, if originating from New Hampshire, cannot be sold.

Unlawful Activities in Marine Environments

In marine environments, certain activities are strictly prohibited to ensure the preservation and sustainable management of marine resources. Here's what you need to know:

  • Import Living Marine Plants or Animals: It is unlawful to import any living marine plant or animal for release without obtaining a permit beforehand.

  • Net Setting Regulations: Nets must not extend beyond the thread of the stream, defined as the center of the main channel. Additionally, setting a net within 1,000 feet of another net, measured along the thread of the stream, is prohibited.

  • Disturbance of Gear and Marine Aquaculture Operations: Molesting, pulling, tending, possessing, or disturbing gear used for marine species raised in a marine aquaculture operation is strictly prohibited.

  • Lobster Taking Methods: Taking lobsters by diving, angling, spearing, or dipping is prohibited.

  • Disposal of Dead or Injured Fish: Dumping dead or injured fish or fish parts within bays, rivers, harbors, or upon the shores is unlawful. However, this does not restrict the use of fish or fish parts for chum or bait, nor the releasing of dead or injured undersized fish taken by angling.

  • Unauthorized Access to Fishways: Being on a fishway without permission is prohibited.

  • Netting Regulations for Salmon and Striped Bass: Taking salmon or striped bass by netting is prohibited, except when landing by the use of hand-held dip nets.

  • Commercial Harvest Regulations: Taking finfish, horseshoe crabs, American eels, or other species for commercial purposes (excluding lobster/crab) without obtaining a harvest permit is unlawful. Further specifications are outlined in the Coastal Harvest regulations.

  • Aquaculture Site Regulations: Taking or possessing oysters, clams, or mussels from a licensed aquaculture site that is properly marked with yellow buoys at each corner is prohibited.

  • Line Limitation: Using more than two lines to take finfish is not permitted.

Law Enforcement Prohibition

To ensure compliance with marine conservation laws, specific prohibitions are in place. Here's what you need to know:

  • Disposal Restrictions: It is unlawful to throw, dump, destroy, or otherwise dispose of any fish, lobsters, crabs, or shellfish when a Conservation Officer has informed a person that their boat, motor vehicle, wharf, dock, or landing, or the contents thereof, are about to be inspected.

  • Pot and Trap Inspection: The same prohibition applies to any pot, trap, car, or other receptacle used to catch or store lobsters or crabs. Refusal or attempted refusal to stand by for such inspection constitutes a misdemeanor offense.

  • Prima Facie Evidence: Lobsters or crabs thrown or dumped, or caused to be thrown or dumped, are considered prima facie evidence that they were illegally taken.

  • Violation Consequences: A person is guilty of a violation for each lobster or crab thrown or dumped, with corresponding legal consequences.

Leave Lobster Pots Alone

It's essential to respect the rights of lobster fishermen and adhere to regulations concerning lobster pots. Here's what you need to know:

  • Private Property: Lobster pots, traps, warps (ropes), cars, or buoys are considered private property, irrespective of their location, whether on the beach or rocks.

  • Unauthorized Handling Prohibited: Except for the owner or a designated Conservation Officer, no person may possess, lift, molest, or disturb lobster pots or related gear.

  • Legal Ramifications: Unauthorized handling of lobster gear may result in severe penalties, including fines of up to $2,000 and imprisonment for up to 1 year.

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