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OF FISH, OYSTERS AND GAME.

cepting tidal waters where the law shall be as heretofore, in haul nets and in gill nets of not less than a five inch mesh, provided that all other fish which are alive caught in said nets shall be returned with wet hands as quickly as possible and with the least possible injury to the water. And further, that it shall be lawful to catch shad, herring, cat fish and white and yellow perch in tidal waters and in the locks of the Chesapeake and Dela- Fishing in the ware Canal in gill and haul nets, provided that all other Chesapeake fish which are alive caught in said nets shall be returned with wet hands as quickly as possible with the least possible injury to the water."

Canal.

Section 4. That Section six of said Act be and the Sec. 6, Chap. same is hereby further amended by striking out Section 248 ned 26 six and inserting in lieu thereof, “Section 6. That it shall be unlawful to draw or lift any net set for German carp, except in tidal waters, as above provided between Hours for fishone hour after sunset of one day and one hour before man carp sunrise of the day next following."

Section 5. That said Act be, and the same is, hereby Sec. 8, Chap. further amended by striking out all of Section eight, and sticker.261 inserting in lieu thereof Section nine of said Act hereafter to be known as “Section 8."

Approved March 26, A. D. 1913.

OF FISH, OYSTERS AND GAME.

CHAPTER 145.

OF FISH, OYSTERS AND GAME.

AN ACT regulating the number of acres of the bottom of the

Delaware Bay which may be appropriated for planting oysters, and confirming the title of said bottom heretofore leased.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met:

Possession of

Section 1. The possession and title of any person, heretofore held firm or corporation who has heretofore had possession upon payment for planting oysters on any portion of the bottom of the of ground rent Delaware Bay within the jurisdiction of Delaware, and

who paid, for the year beginning the first of April, A. D. 1912, the ground rent prescribed by Law, whether the bottom so occupied and planted shall be more or less than fifty acres, is hereby confirmed, provided the person, firm or corporation so occupying and planting said bottom shall pay the ground rent prescribed by Law for such bottom for the year beginning on the first day of April, A. D. 1913.

Hereafter only

Section 2. That from and after the approval of this dents of Dela- Act none except bona fide residents of the State of Delapropriate oys: ware shall appropriate any part of the bottom of the ter bottoms

Delaware Bay for planting and propogating oysters or Not to affect for any other purpose whatever; provided, however, that bottom now occupied this Section shall in no-wise affect the bottom of said Bay

now occupied and leased.

Approved March 20, A. D. 1913.

OF FISH, OYSTERS AND GAME.

CHAPTER 146.

OF FISH, OYSTERS AND GAME.

AN ACT to Amend Chapter 154, Vol. 26, Laws of Delaware, entitled

“An Act in relation to the leasing of Oyster Bottoms in the Delaware Bay"

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met:

Section 1. That Section 9, Chapter 154, Volume 26 Sec. 9. Chap. Laws of Delaware, entitled “An Act in relation to the leasing of oyster bottoms in the Delaware Bay”, be and the same is hereby repealed.

154, Vol. 26 repealed

Approved March 20, A. D. 1913.

OF FISH, OYSTERS AND GAME.

CHAPTER 147.

OF FISH, OYSTERS AND GAME.

AN ACT regulating the Tonnage Tax on Boats engaged in the

Oyster business.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met:

Tonnage tax
on oyster boats

Section 1. That from and after the approval of this hereafter esti: Act no person, firm or corporation engaged in the oyster actually owned business shall be required to pay any tonnage tax except in the business on boats actually owned and operated by the person, firm

or corporation engaged in said business, and the tonnage tax shall be at the rate of Three Dollars and fifty cents

per net ton, (custom-house measurement) upon all boats Applicable to or vessels engaged in said business, whether owned by non-residents residents or non-residents.

Rate of tax

Section 2. All Acts or parts of Acts inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed.

Approved March 21, A. D. 1913.

OF FISH, OYSTERS AND GAME.

CHAPTER 148.

OF FISH, OYSTERS AND GAME.

AN ACT to Amend an Act entitled, “An Act for the Protection of

Oysters in Murderkill River and in St. Jones' River," being
Chapter 464, Volume 20, Laws of Delaware.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met:

Section 1. That Chapter 464, Volume 20, Laws of Del-Sec. 2, Chap. aware, be, and the same is hereby amended by striking amended out all of Section 2 of said Act, and inserting in lieu thereof, the following:-“That from and after the pass-Ts of oysters age of this Act it shall be lawful for any person or per- may be taken. sons to sell and to dispose of twelve bushels of oysters kill and st. taken from Murderkill River or St. Jones' River in a in a day day, or to carry them through the mouth of Murderkill River or the St. Jones' River into the Delaware Bay by boat, vessel or otherwise, for sale or otherwise, whether the oysters shall be intended for planting, for home consumption or for any other purpose; provided, that no oyster shall be taken, sold or shipped from said Murder-Ne oysters less kill River or St. Jones' River less than two and one-half one-half inches inches in length. Provided that two quarts of small oys- be taken ters and refuse shall be allowed for each bushel of oysters'.

Approved March 20, A. D. 1913.

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