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Every person engaged in harvesting kelp or other aquatic plants for profit in the waters of this State shall have a license for that purpose.
(a) A license granting the privilege to harvest kelp or other aquatic plants shall be issued upon application and the payment of a fee of one hundred dollars ($100) to the department. The license shall be valid from January 1 to December 31, inclusive, or, if issued after the beginning of that term, for the remainder thereof.
  (b) The commission shall adjust the amount of the fees specified in subdivision (a), as necessary, to fully recover, but not exceed, all reasonable administrative and implementation costs of the department and the commission relating to those licenses.
  (c) This chapter does not apply to aquatic plants grown on private land or on state water bottoms leased pursuant to Division 12 (commencing with Section 15000).
Every person engaged in harvesting kelp shall determine the weight by any method, including the displacement method, approved by the department of all wet kelp immediately after it is delivered to the licensee's place of business or elsewhere, and the weight shall be entered in a book to be kept by the licensee. The book shall be open at all times to the inspection of the department. Every person engaged in harvesting kelp shall, on or before 10 days after each month of the term of the license, render a statement of the weight of all wet kelp harvested during the preceding month.
The commission may make such regulations as may be necessary to insure the proper harvesting of kelp and other aquatic plants.
(a) The department may issue permits for the drying of agar-bearing marine plants subject to the regulations the commission may prescribe to provide for proper utilization of that resource.
  (b) No person shall dry agar-bearing marine plants for profit unless the person has a permit issued under this section.
If, at any time, the commission finds that the harvesting of kelp will tend to destroy or impair any kelp bed or beds, or parts thereof, or tend to impair or destroy the supply of any food for fish, the department shall serve on every person licensed to harvest kelp a written notice that the kelp bed or beds, or parts thereof, shall be closed to the harvesting of kelp for a period not to exceed one year.
Within 10 days after the service of such a notice, the person upon whom notice is served may demand a hearing upon the necessity for the closing of the kelp bed or beds, or parts thereof. Upon such demand for a hearing, the commission shall fix a time and place for the taking of evidence upon the necessity for the closing, which time shall be not less than 10 days nor more than 30 days from the date of such demand. The department shall serve written notice of the time and place of the hearing upon the person demanding the hearing, at least 10 days before the day set for the hearing. If no demand is made for a hearing within the time prescribed the kelp bed or beds, or parts thereof, shall remain closed to the harvesting of kelp for the time mentioned in the order.
The commission may revoke and prohibit reissuance for a period of not more than one year, the license of:
  (a) Any person who harvests any kelp from a bed which is closed, between the time of service of notice upon him or her of the closing of the bed and the decision of the commission upon a hearing as to the necessity for the closing.
  (b) Any person who violates any law or regulation of the commission relating to kelp. The proceedings shall be conducted at one of the commission's regularly scheduled meetings.
The commission may, subject to such regulations as it may deem proper, grant permits to any department of the United States Government or to any scientific or any educational institution, to harvest kelp at any time for scientific or experimental purposes without the payment of the kelp license or privilege tax imposed by this chapter.