A Species in Demand
Fishing has become the 3rd most popular outdoor activity across the U.S. While it is great news that so many people are enjoying our natural resources, with the increase in fishing popularity, the pressure on our wild redfish populations is increasing.
Today, Georgia regulators limit five Redfish per person (with the slot size between 14”-23”) and no limit for a boat. This means that if six people are on a boat, collectively they can take 30 fish per day. Despite the increase in demand for redfish fishery, rules regulating catch limits and size have not changed for 20 years. Meanwhile,South Carolina and Northeast Florida have decreased their regulations due to decreasing populations. These neighboring states only allow two redfish per person and a 6-8 limit per vessel.
If we are to sustain our redfish population, we must advocate for regulations that are more protective of the species.
Our work isn’t over yet
Over 1,300 people commented on GADNR updating the redfish regulations. That’s the highest turnout for any issue they’ve opened for public comment! We thank you for voicing your concerns and asking that DNR:
- implement a 3 fish bag limit and a boat limit of 9;
- implement a no-take for captain take;
- increase the slot size (from 14 to 16 inches)
While we celebrate that 75% of the submitted comments were in favor of the proposed regulation changes, our work isn’t over. DNR has delayed meeting to discuss these changes and may open another public comment window. Please check back here for updates and ways you can help.
“Sustaining the redfish population will require Georgia to take action before the pressure of increased fishing numbers drives this population too low for a natural recovery.
Please contact Susan Inman, Coastal Advocate, to learn more about our work to protect redfish.