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The 189th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 36: Closing portions of streams flowing into coastal waters during spawning season

Section 36. For the purpose of protecting smelt and their spawn the director may close such portions of streams flowing into the coastal waters during the spawning season of such fish as he may deem necessary and may forbid the entrance into such portions of said streams by posting on or near such closed areas notices of such closing, giving the bounds thereof; provided however, that such closing and such prohibition of entrance shall not be for a period longer than sixty days in any one year. Whoever violates the provisions of this section or molests or disturbs smelt or their spawn within such closed areas shall be punished by a fine of not less than ten nor more than fifty dollars or imprisonment for not more than thirty days, or both.