The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced that the commercial harvest of jellyfish with trawls in Georgia’s territorial waters will open at 6:30 a.m. on Friday, February 1, 2013 and close at 9:00 p.m. on Monday, July 15, 2013. Individuals who wish to participate in jellyfish trawling must contact the DNR to obtain a free letter of authorization (LOA) that must remain onboard the vessel when fishing. Prior to receiving a LOA, fishers will be required to submit documentation from an approved processor who has agreed to purchase the catch. Persons wishing to obtain a LOA to harvest jellyfish are asked to contact Julie Califf or Jim Page at 912-264-7218.
Jellyfish trawlers must adhere to all requirements in the LOA, possess all proper state licenses, including a commercial fishing license, and also must adhere to all gear regulations for jellyfish trawls, including the use of a minimum 4-inch stretch mesh and a federally approved Turtle Excluder Device (TED) with the opening modified to exclude leatherback sea turtles.
For more information on the commercial jellyfish fishery, please call the Coastal Resources Division office at (912) 264-7218.