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3475Ratification Number: 383Act Number: 320Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 19990204Primary Sponsor: LimehouseAll Sponsors: Limehouse, Cotty, Knotts, Lucas, W. McLeod, Meacham-Richardson, Rhoad, Sharpe, Trotter and WhipperDrafted Document Number: l:\council\bills\dka\3188mm99.docDate Bill Passed both Bodies: 20000525Governor's Action: SDate of Governor's Action: 20000606Subject: Dolphin game fish, limits on taking; Sargassum grass, harvest of prohibited; Fish and Game, Natural Resources DepartmentHistory Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ ______________________________________ _______ ____________ ------ 20000616 Act No. A320 ------ 20000606 Signed by Governor ------ 20000531 Ratified R383 Senate 20000525 Read third time, enrolled for ratification Senate 20000524 Read second time, unanimous consent for third reading on Thursday, 20000525 Senate 20000523 Committee report: Favorable 07 SFGF Senate 20000504 Introduced, read first time, 07 SFGF referred to Committee House 20000504 Read third time, sent to Senate House 20000503 Read second time House 20000427 Recalled from Committee 20 HANR House 19990204 Introduced, read first time, 20 HANR referred to Committee Versions of This Bill Revised on April 27, 2000 - Word format Revised on May 23, 2000 - Word format
(A320, R383, H3475)
AN ACT TO AMEND ARTICLE 17, CHAPTER 5, TITLE 50, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO COASTAL FISHERIES LAWS IN CONNECTION WITH FINFISH AND CRUSTACEANS, BY ADDING SECTION 50-5-1711 SO AS TO ESTABLISH LIMITS ON TAKING DOLPHIN GAME FISH, CORYPHAENA HIPPARUS, ALSO KNOWN AS DORADO OR MAHIMAHI, AND TO PROHIBIT THE HARVEST OR POSSESSION OF THE AQUATIC "GRASS" SARGASSUM, AND TO PROVIDE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Limits on dolphin; unlawful possession of dolphin and Sargassum; penalties
SECTION 1. Article 17, Chapter 5, Title 50 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 50-5-1711. (A) It is unlawful to take, catch, have in possession, land, or sell a dolphin game fish, Coryphaena hipparus, also known as dorado or mahimahi in excess of the following limits:
(1) for a commercial boat, a commercial trip limit of four thousand five hundred pounds;
(2) for a recreational headboat or drift boat, a limit of fifty fish;
(3) for a recreational charter boat or other recreational boat not covered by item (2) above, a limit of seven fish for each person or twenty-six fish for each boat;
(4) for a commercial fishery, an annual landing quota of one hundred eighty thousand pounds.
(B) It is unlawful to harvest, possess, transport, process, or sell the floating aquatic 'grass' known as Sargassum, an important habitat for dolphins and other marine species.
(C) The penalties for convictions of violations of this section are as provided in Section 50-5-1715, and each dolphin fish taken in violation of this chapter and each instance of the harvest, possession, transportation, processing, or sale of Sargassum is a separate offense."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Ratified the 31st day of May, 2000.
Approved the 6th day of June, 2000.
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