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Bill Number: 543 Ratification Number: 219 Act Number 154 Introducing Body: Senate Subject: Prohibition of the use of various nets and seines in the waters of the state
(A154, R219, S543)
AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 50-17-115 SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR THE PROHIBITION OF THE USE OF VARIOUS NETS AND SEINES IN THE WATERS OF THE STATE; AND TO REPEAL SECTIONS 50-13-715, 50-17-1035, 50-17-1040, 50-17-1061, AND 50-17-1066, RELATING TO GILL NETS, ANCHOR NETS, OR SEINES.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Use of trammel, pound, fyke, stop, and gill nets and purse seines in state waters
SECTION 1. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 50-17-115. The use of trammel, pound, fyke, stop nets, and purse seines in the waters of this State from the saltwater-freshwater dividing line seaward is prohibited. The use of gill nets, except gill nets one hundred feet in length or less with a minimum mesh size of three inches stretched used in the Atlantic Ocean from the beaches seaward and only in those areas of the bays and sounds designated by the Division of Marine Resources for such purposes, is prohibited, except as permitted by Article 15 of this chapter. The user of a gill net must be within one hundred yards or hailing distance of the net at all times it is in use."
SECTION 2. Sections 50-13-715, 50-17-1035, 50-17-1040, 50-17-1061, and 50-17-1066 of the 1976 Code are repealed.
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.