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Georgia State University Law Review
GAME AND FISH: Fish: Prohibit Gill Net Landing of Certain Species of Fish
17 Ga. St. U.L. Rev. 195
Lisa A. Kabula 54
|CODE SECTION:||O.C.G.A. § 27-4-7 (amended)|
|BILL NUMBER:||HB 1124|
|GEORGIA LAWS:||2000 Ga. Laws 1290|
|SUMMARY:||The Act prohibits vessels that harvest|
|certain species of marine finfish by|
|means of a gill net, regulated under|
|Code section 27-4-301.1, from landing|
|those fish in Georgia. Conservation|
|rangers or other peace officers of the|
|State will seize and confiscate gill nets.|
|However, an exception lies for licensed|
|fishermen to use gill nets in certain|
|EFFECTIVE DATE:||May 1, 2000 n1|
n1n1 See 2000 Ga. Laws 1290, §§ 2-3, at 1291. The Act took effect upon approval by the Governor. See id.
Like a few other states, Georgia currently prohibits gill nets in state waters. 2 However, the federal government, through the National Marine Fisheries Service, has allowed the use of gill nets in federal waters adjacent to Georgia for years. 3 Because federal waters lie just beyond the three-mile jurisdiction off the Georgia coast, the use of gill nets in federal waters jeopardizes the conservation of Georgia marine life. 4
Beginning in 1992 and thereafter, gill nets have presented a problem for Georgia. 5 Since that time, Florida fishermen 6 have used drift gill nets to commercially harvest sharks in federal waters off the coast of Georgia. 7 This fishing occurred each year in the late spring and summer. 8 As a result, it coincided with the migration and nesting of sea turtles, the tournament season for king mackerel, and ...
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