007/17/Gen.Inf. California proposes amendments to Marine Invasive Species regs

The California State Lands Commission (SLC) issued a notice announcing proposed amendments to regulations regarding Marine Invasive Species Control Fund Fee and Definitions. Among other things, the amendments would increase the fee from $850 per qualifying voyage to $1,000 per qualifying voyage. Comments must be received by 7 November.

Specifically, the Commission proposes amending section 2270 so that regulatory definitions are consistent with recent statutory amendments of the Public Resources Code. As of January 1, 2016, AB 1312 (Chapter 644, Statutes of 2015), amended Public Resources Code section 71200(r) (“Voyage”) by replacing “any” with “a” before the word “California” and deleted “or place” before the word “outside.” Section 2270 currently reflects the definition of “Voyage” as it existed prior to AB 1312 and thus the wording lacks consistency. Additionally, AB 1312 relettered the definition of “Voyage” requiring the regulations to update the citation from 71200(q) to 71200(r). Finally, the statutory definition of “waters of the state” (subdivision (o)) has a comma after the word “waters” that is not present in the regulation. These non-substantive changes are proposed so that the regulatory text mirrors that in statute for clarity purposes.

Further details may be found at California SLC website

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Thank you & Best Regards,

Eng. Dimitrios Nikolaos Spanos
Lead Maritime Auditor / Principal Surveyor
Member of IRCA, IIMS, ELINT, HELMEPA & Nautical Institute

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