Reference is to the bill as introduced.
Amend the bill, as and if amended, page 15, beginning on line 10, by striking Section 50-13-60, as contained in SECTION 1, and inserting:
/ Section 50-13-60. (A)
It is unlawful for a person to possess
more than the legal limit of fish in any one day on or about the
freshwaters of this State.
(B) It is unlawful to possess any fish not of legal size.
(C) It is unlawful to possess any game fish without head and tail fin intact and where a length limit is imposed on any species it is unlawful to possess that species without head and tail fin intact.
(D) A person violating the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not less than fifty dollars nor more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned for up to thirty days, or both. Each fish illegally possessed is a separate offense. /
Amend the bill further, page 15, beginning on line 23, by striking Section 50-13-70, as contained in SECTION 1, and inserting:
/ Section 50-13-70. Except as otherwise
provided, there is no closed season for taking fish, however,
when because of natural or other conditions fish are vulnerable
to predation or are in distress and in the professional judgment
of the department need temporary protection or in order to
protect the public safety, the department may declare a closed
season for taking any species until the condition has abated but
the closed season may not be longer than ninety days. The
department shall give notice of the closure by the most
expeditious means. It is unlawful to take or possess the
affected species during the closed season. /
Amend the bill further, page 16, beginning on line 8, by striking Section 50-13-210, as contained in SECTION 2, and inserting:
/ Section 50-13-210. (A)
Except as otherwise provided, the daily possession limit
for game fish is an aggregate of forty of which:
(1) not more than five may be largemouth, redeye (coosae), or smallmouth bass or their hybrids or any combination;
(2) not more than fifteen may be spotted bass;
(3) not more than ten may be hybrid bass or striped bass or a combination;
(4) not more than ten may be white bass;
(5) not more than eight may be walleye or sauger or a combination;
(6) not more than five may be trout, except on Lake Jocassee not more than three trout may be taken;
(7) not more than twenty may be crappie;
(8) not more than fifteen may be redbreast; and
(9) not more than thirty may be other freshwater game fish species not listed in this section.
(B) On Lakes Hartwell, Keowee, Russell, (including the Lake Hartwell tail water), Thurmond, Tugaloo, Yonah, the Chattooga and Savannah Rivers and Stevens Creek Reservoir the daily possession limit for black bass is an aggregate of ten. /
Amend further, page 20, beginning on line 27, by striking SECTION 5 and inserting:
/ SECTION 5. Upon approval by the Governor, this act takes effect July 1, 2012. /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend title to conform.