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Georgia State University Law Review

GAME AND FISH: Fish: Prohibit Gill Net Landing of Certain Species of Fish

Fall, 2000

17 Ga. St. U.L. Rev. 195


Lisa A. Kabula 54


CODE SECTION:O.C.G.A. 27-4-7 (amended)
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
specified circumstances.
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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