Understanding Regulations and Requirements
It is unlawful for any person to sell or purchase any game fish, except under the following conditions:
Aquaculturists (fish farmers) must register with the Department of Natural Resources in order to sell domestic fish. Registration applications are available from any Fisheries Section office or by calling the DNR Special Permits Unit at 770-761-3044. Domestic fish are lawfully obtained farmed fish which are held in confinement in private ponds, but only if they are fish species which are either indigenous to Georgia or have been recognized prior to 1992 as having an established population in public waters in Georgia. The White Perch is not recognized as a domestic fish. Persons in possession of domestic fish from registered aquaculturists must have an authentic bill of sale or lading which identifies the seller, the date of transaction, and at least two of the following for each fish species: number, weight, or average length. A full description of Georgia's aquaculture permit and license requirements as well as other aquaculture information is available here.
American shad, hickory shad, channel catfish, and flathead catfish taken while commercial fishing may be sold as described in the Game and Fish Code. A complete copy of the freshwater commercial fishing regulations can be obtained on the WRD web site or by contacting a Fisheries Section office. Contact the Coastal Resources Division for saltwater commercial fishing regulations.
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