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« on: March 11, 2005, 06:41:11 PM »

http://crd.dnr.state.ga.us/content/displaycontent.asp?txtDocument=342
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« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2011, 06:19:59 PM »

Anyone have new/updated links to blue crab regs in GA? Huh
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« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2011, 11:01:57 AM »

http://crd.dnr.state.us/ This is Georgia's DNR's website. I hope this helps. 
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« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2011, 11:06:28 AM »

This is the link it is Coastal Georgia's DNR website. www.crd.dnr.ga.us
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« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2011, 10:10:48 PM »

http://www.eregulations.com/georgia/fishing/

Click here for downloadable .pdf
http://www.georgiawildlife.com/sites/default/files/uploads/wildlife/fishing/pdfs/regulations/Georgia_Fishing_Regulations.pdf
Page 46 pertains to the Blue Crab, gear and limits.

STONE CRABS
Georgia does not regulate the harvest of stone
crab; however, the harvest of the whole crab
is discouraged. It is recommended that only
one claw measuring at least 23⁄4 inches from
the elbow to the tip of the lower, immovable
finger be removed. A properly removed claw
should not have meat from the body attached.

BLUE CRABS
Areas , Seasons , Hours
Unless otherwise designated, the saltwaters of
Georgia are open year-round for recreational
crabbing at any time of the day.

GEAR
Traps: Up to six standard size crab traps
(2 x 2 feet or smaller) may be used recreationally.
Two unobstructed escapement rings (23⁄8 inch
inside diameter) must be installed on an outside
vertical wall. Each trap must be marked with a
fluorescent green or lime green float bearing the
owner's name and address in one-inch letters.
Traps should be sufficiently weighted to prevent
loss in strong tidal currents. It is unlawful to
place or set crab traps in the channel of any
stream with a lawfully established system of
waterway markers. Disposal of crab traps in
public waters is a violation of State and Federal
laws.
Other Gear: Subject to other restrictions
outlined in these regulations, legal crabs may
be taken with other legal fishing gear such as
seines, cast nets, hand-lines, and lift rings.


Size and Harvest Limits
It is unlawful to take or possess any crab less
than 5 inches from spike to spike across the
back (other than a “peeler” or a “mature adult
female” crab). Peelers must measure at least 3
inches from spike to spike across the back. No
sponge (egg-bearing) crabs are allowed.
Recreational crabbers may take no more than
one bushel of crabs during any 24-hour period.
No more than two bushels may be taken recreationally
or possessed during a 24-hour period
on a boat with more than one person aboard.

Terrapins in Crab Traps: Recent studies
have investigated the effectiveness of
excluder devices for preventing the capture of
diamond-back terrapins in commercial-style
crab traps. Terrapins that enter crab traps
cannot escape and often drown. To learn
how to build your own terrapin excluder visit
www.terrapinconservation.org.

Saltwater Demarcation Line
This line is established in this state as the
separation point between saltwaters and
freshwaters for commercial fishing and
sport fishing.

The saltwater demarcationline is defined below:

• The point at which U.S. Highway 17
crosses the following bodies of water and
their tributaries shall be the line of demarcation
for them: St. Mary's River, Satilla
River, South Altamaha River, Champney
River, Butler River, Darien River, Little
Ogeechee System (except Salt Creek),
North Newport River, Medway River, Big
Ogeechee River, and the point at which
Georgia Highway 25/South Carolina 170
crosses the Savannah River and its tributaries.
All water seaward of these points
shall be considered saltwater.
• The following streams and their tributaries
are designated as salt water for their entire
length: Crooked River, Little Satilla River,
South Brunswick River, Turtle River,
Sapelo River, South Newport River, Salt
Creek (Little Ogeechee System), and all
other rivers, streams, and tributaries in
the six coastal counties which are not
enumerated in this subsection.
• For purposes of crabbing, that portion of
the St. Mary's River and the Satilla River
System (including the Satilla River and
White Oak Creek) which is seaward of the
points at which the Seaboard Coastline
Railroad crosses such streams and that
portion of the Altamaha River System
which is seaward of the points at which
I-95 crosses the streams of that system
shall be considered salt water. It shall be
unlawful to place any crab trap in the waters
of this state other than that described
as salt water in Code Section 27-4-1 or by
this subsection.

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