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Commercial Fishing & Sale of Fish

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Commercial Fishing

Sale of Fish & Aquaculture

Game Fish

It is unlawful for any person to sell or purchase any game fish except under the following conditions:

  • See Commercial Fishing above.
  • Game fish may also be sold by properly licensed commercial fish hatcheries, wholesale and retail fish dealers, and pond owners (see following paragraph) who conform to the Game and Fish Code.
  • Game fish may be sold from a pond when the owner has obtained a valid permit from DNR Law Enforcement Section (2 weeks required to process). Note: The permit must be displayed at the pond and the fish must be packaged and labeled for transport from the pond with the permit number and the number and pounds of each species contained in the package. Fish must remain so packaged until processed or released into another pond. Note: A permit will be issued only once annually and limits the time for taking fish from the pond to 15 days.
  • Game fish shipped into Georgia may be lawfully transported, sold, and resold provided each person in possession of said game fish has an authentic bill of sale or lading which details the source of the fish and the species, number and pounds of the fish.

Domestic Fish

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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