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Jellyfish harvesting season opens Feb. 1

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The Georgia Department of Natural Resources announced start of the commercial harvest of jellyfish with trawls in Georgia's territorial waters.

The season runs from 6:30 a.m. Feb. 1 until 9 p.m. July 15. Anyone who wants to take part in jellyfish trawling can contact the DNR to get a free authorization letter that must remain onboard the vessel when fishing. To get a letter, call Julie Califf or Jim Page at 912.264.7218. 

Until interested trawlers receive that letter, they will be required to submit documentation from an approved processor who has agreed to purchase the catch.   

Jellyfish trawlers must adhere to all requirements in the letter, possess all required state licenses, including a commercial fishing license, and adhere to all gear regulations for jellyfish trawls, including the use of a minimum 4-inch stretch mesh and a federally approved Turtle Excluder Device with the opening modified to exclude leatherback sea turtles, according to the DNR. 

For more information, call the Coastal Resources Division office at 912.264.7218.

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