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SB-1128 Commercial fishing: inspection: crab traps: eviscerated Dungeness crab.(2019-2020)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.
 The Legislature finds and declares both of the following:
(a) In the event of a human health risk, the Director of Fish and Wildlife has the existing authority to impose restrictions on a part or parts of an individual fish available through the fishery.
(b) A statutory framework for providing the Director of Fish and Wildlife with authority to impose restrictions on a part or parts of an individual fish for public consumption needs to be established.

SEC. 2.

 Section 7711 is added to the Fish and Game Code, to read:

7711.
 (a) A person shall, upon request by an authorized agent or employee of the department, immediately relinquish, at no charge, a fish or parts of a fish caught or landed in California to the department for the purpose of collecting a biological sample.
(b) For purposes of this section, “person” means a person licensed pursuant to Section 7850 or a person licensed pursuant to Article 7 (commencing with Section 8030).

SEC. 2.SEC. 3.

 Section 8283 of the Fish and Game Code is amended to read:

8283.
 (a)  Crab traps may be set and baited 64 hours prior to  before  the opening date of the Dungeness crab season in Fish and Game Districts 6, 7, 8, and 9.  season.  Crab traps may be set and baited in advance of that opening date in those districts  if no other attempt is made to take or possess Dungeness crab in those districts. crab. 
(b) Except in Fish and Game Districts 6, 7, 8, and 9, crab traps may be set and baited 18 hours in advance of the opening date of the Dungeness crab season, if no other attempt is made to take or possess Dungeness crab.

SEC. 4.

 Section 8285 is added to the Fish and Game Code, to read:

8285.
 The department shall adopt regulations that govern the commercial take of Dungeness crab from waters during a time period when the State Department of Public Health authorizes the manufacture, sale, delivery, or offering for sale of eviscerated Dungeness crab pursuant to Article 15 (commencing with Section 111224) of Chapter 5 of Part 5 of Division 104 of the Health and Safety Code in accordance with the following requirements:
(a) The department shall require the holder of a Dungeness crab vessel permit to submit to electronic monitoring of the vessel while engaging in the take of Dungeness crab to verify the locations where the Dungeness crab is taken.
(b) A person who takes Dungeness crab is authorized to sell or provide the Dungeness crab only to a processor approved by the State Department of Public Health pursuant to Article 15 (commencing with Section 111224) of Chapter 5 of Part 5 of Division 104 of the Health and Safety Code.

SEC. 5.

 Article 15 (commencing with Section 111224) is added to Chapter 5 of Part 5 of Division 104 of the Health and Safety Code, to read:

Article  15. Eviscerated Crab
111224.
 (a) For purposes of this article, the following terms have the following meanings:
(1) “Eviscerate” or “evisceration” means the processor’s action of removing and discarding the entire intestinal tract, hepatopancreas, and all associated abdominal organs in accordance with this article.
(2) “Eviscerated Dungeness crab” means Dungeness crab in which the viscera has been removed in accordance with regulations adopted pursuant to this section.
(3) “Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point plan” means a hazard analysis critical control point plan as described in Section 123.6 of Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations or a replacement federal definition.
(4) “Processor” means any person engaged in commercial, custom, or institutional processing of fish or fishery products in California, in another state, or in a foreign country. A processor includes any person engaged in the production of foods that are to be used in market or consumer tests.
(b) The department may adopt regulations to authorize the manufacture, sale, delivery, holding, or offering for sale of eviscerated Dungeness crab that is caught in waters where the department determined that the viscera of Dungeness crab exceeds allowable levels of domoic acid for Dungeness crab adopted by the department if the meat of Dungeness crab does not exceed allowable levels of domoic acid for Dungeness crab adopted by department.
(c) The regulations adopted pursuant to this section shall meet the following requirements:
(1) The department shall only authorize the sale, delivery, holding, or offering for sale of eviscerated Dungeness crab that is caught in waters that are not closed for the take of Dungeness crab for commercial purposes pursuant to Section 5523 of the Fish and Game Code.
(2) The department shall only authorize the manufacture sale, delivery, holding, or offering for sale of eviscerated Dungeness crab by a person licensed pursuant to Article 7 (commencing with Section 8030) of Chapter 1 of Part 3 of Division 6 of the Fish and Game Code and who has a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point plan approved by the department for handling and preparing eviscerated crab.
(3) The department shall adopt written recall procedures.
(4) The department shall establish requirements for labeling eviscerated crab to identify harvest location, harvest date, or lot code, or any combination of these things.
111224.5.
 The department shall order the evisceration of Dungeness crab if the domoic acid for Dungeness crab exceeds the allowable levels in a specified area, when all of the following criteria exist:
(a) The Dungeness crab is caught in waters closed for the take of Dungeness crab for commercial purposes pursuant to Section 5523 of the Fish and Game Code.
(b) The department has determined the viscera of the Dungeness crab exceeds the allowable levels of domoic acid.
(c) The department has determined the corresponding meat of the Dungeness crab does not exceed the allowable level of domoic acid.
111224.6.
 (a) (1) The department shall only authorize the evisceration of Dungeness crab by a processor that is licensed pursuant to Article 2 (commencing with Section 110460) and that has a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point plan approved by the department for handling and preparing eviscerated crab.
(2) The department shall establish requirements for labeling eviscerated crab to identify harvest location, harvest date, or lot code, or any combination of these things.
(3) The department shall require the processor to maintain written recall procedures.
(b) (1) The department shall consult with the Dungeness crab task force established pursuant to Section 8276.4 of the Fish and Game Code or a replacement task force or committee to establish the criteria for the manufacture, sale, delivery, holding, or offering for sale of Dungeness crab that is subject to Section 111224.5.
(2) The Dungeness crab criteria established under this subdivision shall become effective by operation of law as a regulation adopted under this article 90 days after the department publishes the notice required by paragraph (3).
(3) The department shall publish a notice in the California Regulatory Notice Register of the department’s proposed Dungeness crab criteria. The notice shall include the proposed text and justification for the addition, change, or deletion of the Dungeness crab criteria to allow public comment. The department shall consider the public comments.
(c) This section shall not be subject to Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code.
SEC. 6.
 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.
SEC. 7.
 This act is an urgency statute necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety within the meaning of Article IV of the California Constitution and shall go into immediate effect. The facts constituting the necessity are:
In order to ensure a safe and orderly Dungeness crab fishery for the 2020–21 Dungeness crab fishing season, it is necessary for this act to take effect immediately.