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September 11, 2003

FALL FISH AND BOAT COMMISSION MEETING IS SEPTEMBER 21-22

    The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will hold its fall quarterly meeting September 21 and 22 at the agency's headquarters, 1601 Elmerton Avenue in Harrisburg. 

    Commission committees will meet on Sunday, September 21, beginning at 10:30 a.m. and Monday, September 22, beginning at 8 a.m. The formal agenda session will begin at or about 1 p.m., September 22.  It is possible that Commission action on some agenda items may be undertaken during other portions of the advertised public meeting.  All Committee meetings and the review of the agenda are open to the public and attendance is encouraged.

    Among the items to be considered at the meeting is a final vote on a measure that would require an approved fire extinguisher to be carried on board all gasoline-powered boats.

    At its April 2003 meeting, the Commission voted to seek public comment on a proposed amendment that would simplify the current rules of boats requiring fire extinguishers.  The proposed regulation would require all boats with internal combustion motors (gasoline or diesel) of any horsepower to carry fire extinguishers.  If adopted on a final vote, the regulation would go into effect in 2004.

    The Commission will also discuss a proposal that would raise the minimum age of operators for a personal watercraft (a specialized type of small, inboard motor boat often known by brand names such as Jet Ski“ and Wave Runner “) to 16.  The item is up for preliminary discussion; a public comment period would be held in the future should the Commission opt to proceed with any rulemaking changes.

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