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#07-45 February 12, 2007

Commercial shad, herring fisheries now open in S.C.

State natural resources officials opened the commercial blueback herring and shad season in many areas for 2007 beginning Feb. 1.

A copy of the complete shad fishing regulations may be obtained by calling the S.C. Department of Natural Resources at the Marine Resources Center at Fort Johnson on James Island in Charleston at (843) 953-9309.

Information on licenses, seasonal information and locations (pdf file)

Anglers are reminded that, while legal fishing times are set by state law, for safety and security reasons, access to and upstream limits of the Rediversion Canal are set by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers policy, and may be changed depending upon conditions. Fishermen will not be permitted upstream of the CSX railroad trestle over the Rediversion Canal before 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (8 p.m. Daylight Savings Time), and must move downstream of the trestle by midnight. Buoy placement may be altered at the discretion of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or the DNR at any time.

All commercial fishermen will be required to fill out reporting forms recording their catch and fishing effort pursuant to their commercial license requirements, but may also be interviewed upon landing by DNR personnel regarding their catch and effort expended.

Commercial fishermen will need to purchase a commercial saltwater fishing license ($25 resident/$300 non-resident) and an equipment license for each type of gear carried on board, and for each piece of gear being used on board during a trip ($10 residenT/$50 non-resident). If fish are being commercially harvested for bait, a bait dealer license should be purchased ($25 resident/$125 non-resident) instead of commercial saltwater fishing license. To sell to the public for human consumption, a fisherman must purchase a wholesale license ($100 resident/$500 non-resident). Fishermen harvesting herring for non-commercial use need only have a freshwater fishing license, but are limited to one bushel.

Download the license (pdf file)

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