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3547Ratification Number: 590Act Number: 508Introducing Body: HouseSubject: Use of trawl nets in certain waters adjacent to Game Zone No. 7 and No. 9
(A508, R590, H3547)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 50-17-1650, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE USE OF TRAWL NETS IN CERTAIN WATERS ADJACENT TO GAME ZONE NO. 7 AND NO. 9, SO AS TO, AMONG OTHER THINGS, EXTEND THE TIME DURING WHICH TRAWL NETS MAY BE USED IN ANY WATERS OF THE ATLANTIC OCEAN ADJACENT TO GEORGETOWN COUNTY, AND PROVIDE PENALTIES, INCLUDING PROVISIONS FOR SEIZURE, SALE, AND REDEMPTION; AND TO REPEAL SECTIONS 50-17-1680, RELATING TO THE PROVISIONS THAT ONLY A DULY LICENSED PERSON MAY SELL OR DISPOSE OF SHRIMP CAUGHT IN WATERS OFF GAME ZONE NO. 7 AND NO. 9, AND 50-17-1700, RELATING TO PENALTIES FOR VIOLATING SPECIAL PROVISIONS PERTAINING TO GAME ZONE NOS. 7 AND 9.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Use of trawl net, penalties
SECTION 1. Section 50-17-1650 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 50-17-1650. It is unlawful to use a trawl net within one-half mile of the shore in any county in Game Zone Nos. 7 and 9 from the southern tip of Pawleys Island in Georgetown County to the North Carolina state line. However, trawl nets may be used in any waters of the Atlantic Ocean adjacent to Georgetown County from September fifteenth through December thirty-first of each year.
Any person violating the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined two hundred dollars or imprisoned for not more than thirty days, or both at the discretion of the court. In addition, any boat used in violation of this section, including its rigging, equipment, and catch, must be seized. The catch must be sold and the proceeds of the sale must be held pending the final disposition of the case. Upon conviction, the boat, rigging, and equipment must be sold or redeemed as provided for under Section 50-17-1615."
SECTION 2. Sections 50-17-1680 and 50-17-1700 of the 1976 Code are repealed.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon approval by the Governor.