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Approved On: April 25, 2019
Effective On: April 25, 2019

It is unlawful to take, attempt to take, buy, sell, or offer for sale freshwater mussels for commercial purposes without a current Resident Shell Taker/SellerLicense, a Resident Shell BuyerLicense, or a Nonresident Shell BuyerLicense. A person with a Shell Taker'sHelper Permit may harvest or assist only in the immediate presence of a licensed shelltaker. Licensed resident or nonresident shell buyers may purchase up to four Shell Buyer's Agent Permits which may be transferred between employees of the licensed shell buyer. Only residents can hold an agent permit, and agents can purchase only for their licensed buyer. For the purposes of this chapter, “resident” means any person who has established a bona fide residence in Arkansas for at least 12 months and declares themselves a citizen of Arkansas.

BUYERS: Quarterly reports of mussel-buying transactions must be submitted by shell buyers on or before the 1st of January, April, July, and October on forms provided by the Commission.

SELLERS: Shell Taker/SellerLicense holders shall furnish the Commission the number of pounds of each species of mussels taken in Arkansas and sold out of state on or before February1 on forms provided by the Commission. Failure to maintain accurate reports will result in license revocation and no renewal. These records shall be maintained monthly and made available for inspection by authorized Commission personnel at any reasonable time.

PENALTY: Class 3

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