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(515 ILCS 5/) Fish and Aquatic Life Code.

515 ILCS 5/Art. 25

    (515 ILCS 5/Art. 25 heading)

515 ILCS 5/25-5

    (515 ILCS 5/25-5) (from Ch. 56, par. 25-5)
    Sec. 25-5. Aquatic life preserves; regulation of devices. All waters in the State including boundary waters under jurisdiction of the State shall be aquatic life preserves.
    Sport fishing devices, except as provided in this Code and its administrative rules, are the only lawful means of taking aquatic life.
    The Department of Natural Resources, however, has the authority through administrative rule to prohibit all sport fishing or certain sport fishing devices in designated waters and also has the authority through administrative rule to allow commercial fishing in designated waters by regulating commercial fishing devices used in the interest of the total management of the fishery resource.
(Source: P.A. 89-66, eff. 1-1-96; 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

515 ILCS 5/25-10

    (515 ILCS 5/25-10) (from Ch. 56, par. 25-10)
    Sec. 25-10. Mussel preserves. The Department may, from time to time when it shall deem feasible for the conservation of mussels, by administrative rule prescribe waters to be known as mussel preserves from which mussels shall not be taken for any purpose during any periods of time that in its opinion may be required to restore a supply of mussel life to the waters.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/25-15

    (515 ILCS 5/25-15) (from Ch. 56, par. 25-15)
    Sec. 25-15. Destruction of posted notices. It shall be unlawful for any person to deface, obliterate, tear down, or destroy, in whole or in part, or attempt to deface, obliterate, tear down, or destroy any notice or proclamation posted according to the provisions of this Code. Any person violating this Section shall be subject to the penalties provided for in Section 20-35 of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/25-20

    (515 ILCS 5/25-20) (from Ch. 56, par. 25-20)
    Sec. 25-20. Shipment of aquatic life; labels and tags. Except as provided in Sections 1-130, 20-85, and 20-90, any railroad company, express company, steamboat company, or other common carrier, before receiving any aquatic life protected by this Code for shipment from any person, shall require that the person present a valid license as provided for in this Code.
    Any person placing a shipment as described in this Section or transporting in any other manner shall attach to every box, barrel, crate, or other receptacle containing aquatic life a tag showing the different varieties of aquatic life contained within, the number of pounds of each variety, the name and place of business of the consignor and of the consignee, and the number and type of the license.
    All labels or tags attached to any box, barrel, crate, or other receptacle in which aquatic life is shipped shall be accurate as to the information required by this Section and shall be conspicuously displayed on the receptacle. Any person who (i) falsifies any label or tag required by this Section or attempts to do so, (ii) conceals or attempts to conceal the information required by this Section, or (iii) in any other manner violates the provisions of this Section shall be subject to the penalty provisions of Section 20-35 of this Code. It shall be lawful for any individual to carry with him or her or transport as baggage on any train or conveyance for which he or she has purchased a transportation ticket not more than one package at any one time containing not more than the possession limit of aquatic life as provided in this Code. When a package containing aquatic life is offered as baggage, it shall be plainly labeled to show the name of the person transporting it and the place to which it is being transported.
    It is unlawful for transportation companies or common carriers to knowingly transport into this State from without the State any aquatic life protected under this Code that was illegally taken and shipped contrary to any laws, rules, and regulations of the State of origin.
(Source: P.A. 89-66, eff. 1-1-96.)