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January 27, 2012

All fishermen follow recreational bag limits on South Carolina artificial reefs

Effective on Jan. 30, 2012 harvest and possession of snapper-grouper and coastal migratory pelagic species will be limited to the recreational bag limit within designated special management zones off South Carolina. This rule change will be implemented through the NOAA Fisheries Service Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment 2 (CE-BA 2) and applies to both commercial and recreational fishermen.

Special management zones encompass most of South Carolina’s artificial reefs including BP-25, Beaufort 45, Betsy Ross, Bill Perry, C.J. Davidson, Cape Romain, Capers, Charleston 60, Comanche, Eagles Nest, Edisto 40, Edisto 60, Edisto Offshore, Fripp Island, Georgetown, Greenville, Hilton Head, Hunting Island, Kiawah, Little River Offshore, North Inlet, Paradise, Pawleys Island, Ten Mile, Vermilion, Wayne Upchurch, Will Goldfinch and Y-73.

Legal fishing gear within the special management zones remains limited to hand-held hook and line and spearfishing gear without powerheads.


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