Saltwater Fishing & Boating
Commercial fishing in Georgia is an eleven million dollar industry employing several thousand harvesters.
The Shellfish Sanitation Program is funded by an appropriation by the Georgia General Assembly and consists of water quality monitoring, permitting shellfish harvesters, sanitary surveys, and report writing. The National Shellfish Sanitation Program's (NSSP) Manual of Operations (Part 1, Section C-3,a) requires that states show that shellfish harvest areas are " not subject to contamination from human and/or animal fecal matter in amounts that in the judgment of the SSCA [State Shellfish Control Authority] may present an actual or potential hazard to public health." Standards of the NSSP further require the state to regularly collect water samples from each approved harvest area and to perform certain analytical procedures to ensure that the area is below the established fecal coliform threshold.