24.0963 Bumphead parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum).

Cite as [A.S.A.C. § 24.0963]

(a) This section applies to the Bumphead parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum), also known as Green Humphead parrotfish, Uluto’i, Laea-uluto’i, or Galo uluto’i.

(b) No person shall:

(1) Possess, deliver, carry, transport or ship by any means whatsoever Bumphead parrotfish or the body parts of any such species;

(2) Import, export, sell or offer for sale any such species or body parts of such species; or

(3) Take or kill any such species in American Samoa.

(c) If any Bumphead parrotfish is caught or captured, it shall be immediately released, whether dead or alive. If the Bumphead parrotfish is captured alive, it shall be released in a manner that affords it the greatest opportunity for survival.

(d) It is not a defense that the Bumphead parrotfish was caught or captured inadvertently, as bycatch, or from another fishery.

(e) For purposes of this section, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that any Bumphead parrotfish, or part of a Bumphead parrotfish, found in possession was possessed or transferred in violation of this section.

(f) Notwithstanding subsection (a), any person who holds a permit issued by the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources to conduct scientific research shall not be subject to the penalties of this section.

History: DMWR regs., Rule 02-12, eff 1 Nov 12.