AN ACT TO PROVIDE REGULATORY RELIEF TO THE AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITY OF NORTH CAROLINA BY PROVIDING FOR VARIOUS TRANSPORTATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL REFORMS AND BY MAKING VARIOUS OTHER STATUTORY CHANGES.
Senate amendments make the following changes to the 3rd edition.
Amends the provisions for the American Eel Aquaculture Plan pilot project to be developed by the Division of Marine Fisheries (Division) and the Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC), changing the deadline for individuals interested in participating to submit required information to September 1, 2015 (was, July 1, 2015). Adds provisions that require the Division and the Marine Fisheries Commission to issue permits for the harvest and aquaculture of American Eels in North Carolina if the pilot program has not been approved by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission by January 1, 2016. Sets out allowances and requirements for the permits. Directs the Marine Fisheries Commission to adopt rules to implement these provisions.
Adds new subsection (a5) to proposed provisions of GS 106-549.97 concerning regulations for farmed cervids allowing the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (Department) and the WRC to develop a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that authorizes joint enforcement activities. Provides that the MOA can allow the WRC to perform enforcement activities on captive cervid facilities in instances of illegal importation or when deemed appropriate by the Department.