Section 9-11-393

Imposition of moratorium on taking of marine mammals and marine mammal products; exceptions.

(a) There shall be a moratorium on the taking of marine mammals and marine mammal products; except, that marine mammals may be taken pursuant to a permit issued by an appropriate federal agency as provided in the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 and the regulations promulgated thereunder.

(b) Nothing in this article shall prevent a state or local government official or employee, in the course of his duties as an official or employee, from taking a marine mammal in a humane manner if such taking is for the protection or welfare of such mammal or for the protection of the public health and welfare and includes steps designed to assure the return of such mammal to its natural habitat.

(Acts 1976, No. 690, p. 953, §4.)