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The 190th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 31: Destruction or injury to weir, pound net or fish trap

Section 31. Whoever without the consent of the owner takes or uses or destroys, injures or molests any weir, pound net, fish trap, seine, set net or lobster or crab pot or other fishing gear, or any fish car or other contrivance used for the purpose of storing fish, including any such fishing gear which is swept ashore by storm or tide or other natural causes and deposited upon the shore, beaches or flats, whether public or private, or takes fish therefrom without the consent of the owner, shall be punished by a fine of not less than five hundred nor more than one thousand dollars or by imprisonment for two months, or both.