House Bill 869 amended Georgia law to allow the DNR greater flexibility to manage saltwater fishing in a timely manner, similar to the way that freshwater fishing and hunting are currently managed. The proposed amendments will establish the legal basis for the DNR board to manage some aspects of saltwater fishing as mandated by the General Assembly. Approval of the proposed amendments will allow DNR to manage saltwater finfish, recreational shrimping and commercial bait shrimping through regulation.
They will not change any current recreational saltwater fishing regulations and only one commercial saltwater fishing regulation.
The hearing is scheduled for July 26 at 6 p.m. at the Riceboro Youth Center.