Proposed Manta Ray Rules

(e) (1) and (e) (2)

In addition to the exceptions cited in section 13-256-14, the restrictions cited in this section shall not apply to employees and vessels of the department performing official duties
The department shall also have the discretion to authorize
an exemption from the restrictions cited in this section for research activity purposes, provided that:
(1) “Research activity” shall only include basic data collection, experimental management, or resource evaluation, or any combination thereof, that does not result in a serious or major disturbance to an environmental resource; and
(2)The department receives a written request for a research activity exemption not less than thirty calendar days and not more than
ninety calendar days before the intended date of the research activity.”

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