Notice of Rule Making for Saltwater Shellfish Mariculture

Brunswick, Ga.

Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to authority contained in the Game and Fish Code (Official Code of Georgia Annotated, Title 27; O.C.G.A. §27-1-4), the Board of Natural Resources proposes to amend the Rules of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Saltwater Fishing Regulations, Chapter 391-2-4. The proposed amended Rule, when adopted, will incorporate the National Shellfish Sanitation Program Model Ordinance for the harvesting, processing and distribution of shellfish; enable the certification of shellfish seed hatcheries and nurseries; establish shellfish seed sizes; set health requirements for shellfish seed and shellfish seed importation; and establish criteria for the leasing of state-owned water bottoms.

Written public comment will be received through Thursday, November 21, 2019. Mailed comments must be postmarked by November 21st and e-mailed comments will be accepted through close of business (4:30 pm) on November 21st. Comments should be legible, concise and limited to the proposed rule change. 

Following this comment period, the Board of Natural Resources will consider the proposed rules on December 4, 2019, at 10:00 AM at the Lake Blackshear Resort, 2450-H US Hwy 280 West, Cordele, GA 31015.

Mail or email comments to:   

Cason Kinstle​​
Coastal Resources Division
One Conservation Way
Brunswick, GA 31520.

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