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Hearing looks at fishing rules
Georgia legislation changing responsibility for fishing management will be the subject of a public hearing in Riceboro at the end of the month.

House Bill 869 gives the Georgia Department of Natural Resources more flexibility in managing saltwater fishing, just as it now has with freshwater fishing and hunting regulations.

Spud Woodward, director of the Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, says the hearing is routine.

"Basically, this just transfers the management for the saltwater finfish and recreational and shrimping over to the Department of Natural Resources," Woodward said. "So we just have to take the language in the law and put into the statute that gives the DNR Board the authority."

Managing the rules and regulations will just change hands, Woodward said.

"The only real change will be in the transport of caught shrimping bait," Woodward said. "Obviously, commercial shrimpers want to be able to bring more for efficiency."

Fishermen who might have questions about the legislation are invited to attend the public hearing.

The public hearing will be 6 p.m. July 26 at the Riceboro Youth Center on U.S. 17.

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