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Session Laws, 1945
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survey any of the submerged areas of this State for the pur-
pose of determining the position and extent of any natural
oyster bars, clam beds, or crab beds. If, upon such re-survey,
the Department find that natural oyster beds, clam beds, or
crab beds be incorrectly located on existing charts, the said
Department of Tidewater Fisheries shall amend such charts or
prepare new charts and shall cause to be marked or defined as
accurately as possible thereon the correct location and bounds
of all natural oyster bars, clam beds, crab beds, then existing
in the area being surveyed. Within ninety days after such
re-survey, a copy of such amended charts ornew charts shall
be deposited in the Department of Tidewater Fisheries and
another copy sent to the Clerk of the Circuit Court in which or
nearest to which the area re-surveyed is located. No lease
shall be invalidated either in whole or in part by facts de-
termined in such re-survey unless the lessee forfeit his lease
voluntarily or by non-payment of rental or other fees.

(d) Who may Obtain a Lease. Any resident of Maryland
shall be entitled to lease submerged areas of this State for
the purposes described in Sub-section (a), provided, however,
that no corporation or joint stock company shall be permitted
to lease or to take up or to acquire by assignment or otherwise
any lands of the State for the purpose of planting or culti-
vating oysters or other shell fish.

(e) Kind of Oysters to be Planted. It shall be lawful to
plant, cultivate, sow or protect oysters of the species known as
Ostrea Virginica, and no other species; and it shall be un-
lawful to introduce into any of the waters of this State any
other species of oysters than Ostrea Virginica.

(f) Introduction of Oyster Drills. It shall be unlawful for
any person to plant, import, transport or transplant any
oysters in or into this State when such oysters are infected
by urosalpinx cinerea, or the eggs of this species, which
is commonly known as the oyster drill, oyster borer or screw
borer; and it shall be the duty of the Department to inspect
all oysters imported into the State for the purpose of planting
and said Department is authorized to seize, condemn and de-
stroy any oysters found infested with the oyster drill, or its
eggs, or to close any area infested with oyster drills, and to
prevent the taking or catching of oysters therefrom so as to
prevent the spread of said oyster drills to other areas.

(g) Amount of Land Leasable. So far as possible, all sub-
merged land leased under the provisions of this section shall
be rectangular in shape, and no tract or parcel of land shall be
leased in any of the following waters if such tract or parcel


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