A size limit and regulation on catfish in the state of Georgia

A size limit and regulation on catfish in the state of Georgia

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Aaron Churchwell started this petition to Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Right now there is no regulation on who or what pulls catfish out of our river systems. We as educated and dedicated anglers see a huge decline in numbers and quality of fish in our river systems in the state of Georgia. If we could protect the number of Brude fish that are pulled from our rivers We might be able to keep a healthy population of fish for everyone to catch. Maybe adding a 34” rule like other states have added will help with our populations of Blue and Flathead catfish. It sure has helped in other states. 1 fish over 34” per angler per day helps protect the fish that reproduce at higher numbers and also helps maintain the DNA lines of fish that can reach massive sizes. It is a proven fact that the bigger the female fish is the more eggs she will lay. i understand a lot of people eat catfish and that DNR understands we have PCB and Mercury problems in our natural water ways. Pushing people to keep smaller fish instead of larger lowers their rate at which they digest these chemicals and pollutants into their bodies because a younger fish has had less time in those pollutants. 

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