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Bill Number: 1114 Ratification Number: 531 Act Number 477 Introducing Body: Senate Subject: Game fish caught by nonfishing device
(A477, R531, S1114)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 50-13-580, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO GAME FISH CAUGHT IN NONGAME FISHING DEVICES, SO AS TO PROVIDE SPECIFIC PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS; AND TO AMEND THE 1976 CODE BY ADDING SECTION 50-13-1116 SO AS TO REQUIRE CERTAIN NONGAME FISHING DEVICES TO BE MARKED WITH MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM CAPACITY AND TO INCLUDE CERTAIN INFORMATION FOR IDENTIFICATION.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Game fish caught by nonfishing device
SECTION 1. Section 50-13-580 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 50-13-580. Should any game fish be taken by net or other nongame fishing device while fishing for fish other than game fish, they must be immediately returned to the water from whence they came. Any person violating the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not less than fifty dollars nor more than two hundred dollars or imprisoned for not more than thirty days. Any equipment and devices used in committing the violation must be seized and disposed of as provided in Section 50-13-1196."
Identification, size, and ownership
SECTION 2. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 50-13-1116. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, nongame fishing devices as specified by items (1), (4), (5), (6), and (7) of Section 50-13-1115 must be marked with a floating marker with a minimum capacity of one pint and a maximum capacity of one gallon or equivalent size with the licensee's name and address clearly marked on each marker.
Nongame fishing devices as specified by item (2) of Section 50-13-1115 must have an identification tag bearing the owner's name and address attached to it."
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.