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08.02.08.01

.01 Importation of Shellfish.

A. Definition. In this regulation, the term "shellfish" includes live oysters, seed oysters, oyster shells, live hard-shell clams, live soft-shell clams, and clam shells.

B. Permit Required. A person may not import or possess within the State shellfish taken from waters outside the waters of the State for planting in the waters of the State, unless he first obtains a permit from the Department. The Department shall issue a permit if presented with proof satisfactory to the Department that the shellfish will not be harmful to Maryland shellfish.

C. Zebra Mussel. Except as permitted by the Secretary of Natural Resources, a person may not import into the State or possess any living life stage or reproductive products of mussels of the genus Dreissena.

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