The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has announced that Georgia’s whelk trawl harvest season will open 6:30 am on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 and close at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 31, 2013. The department will continue its policy of requiring those who fish for whelks with trawl gear in Georgia waters to have a free letter of authorization, the original of which must remain onboard the vessel during fishing activities.

Individuals fishing for whelk with trawl gear must adhere to all requirements in the letter of authorization, possess all proper licenses, including a Georgia commercial fishing license, and adhere to all gear regulations for whelk trawls, including the use of minimum 4-inch stretch mesh trawl gear and a certified Turtle Excluder Device (TED).

Individuals interested in whelk trawling must contact Jim Page or Julie Califf with the Coastal Resources Division at 912-264-7218 to request a letter of authorization. For more information on regulations associated with the whelk fishery, please call the Coastal Resources Division at (912) 264-7218.

Logo courtesy Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division

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