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Budget Summary FY2012

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23300100 - Division of Marine Fisheries Administration
Data Current as of:  7/11/2011

Account Description FY2011
2330-0100 Division of Marine Fisheries Administration
For the operation of the division of marine fisheries, including expenses of the Annisquam river marine research laboratory, marine research programs, a commercial fisheries program, a shellfish management program, including coastal area classification, mapping and technical assistance and for the operation of the Newburyport shellfish purification plant and shellfish classification program; provided, that funds shall be expended on a recreational fisheries program to be reimbursed by federal funds; provided further, that the division shall continue to develop strategies to improve federal regulations governing the commercial fishing industry to promote sustainable fisheries; provided further, that $400,000 shall be spent for the operation of the Newburyport shellfish purification plant; provided further, that the commissioner shall develop a feasible plant management plan to reduce, to the maximum extent possible, the amount by which the cost of operating the plant exceeds the revenue it generates, and the plan shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (i) enabling the shellfish purification plant to accept for treatment those shellfish harvested by valid permit holders from waters not meeting the requirements for open status for acceptable water quality as a result of heavy rainfall pursuant to the National Sshellfish Sanitation Program Guide For The Control Of Molluscan Shellfish; (ii) allowing the division to perform additional testing on permanently closed areas to ascertain the possibility of opening those areas as clean areas, with special consideration given to areas 2 and 3 north of Boston, or to developing regulations to permit the acceptance of shellfish harvested from those areas or other moderately contaminated areas for purification at the plant; (iii) reviewing the plant hours of operation and making adjustments to better accommodate tide schedules and weekend harvesting and increasing plant processing volume; (iv) capturing opportunities for the use of the plant for shellfish not requiring purification, but for which additional cleansing, including from sand particulates, creates increased market value and increases the utilization of the plant and its revenues; and provided further, that the plan shall be submitted to the house and senate ways and means committees on or before February 15, 2012
4,425,647 4,355,647