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New laws affecting saltwater fishing come out of legislative session

Several new rules for saltwater fishing in the Palmetto State have come out of this year’s legislative session.

Five laws affecting a variety of issues have either already gone into effect after being signed by Gov. Nikki Haley or will go into effect within the next year.

Coastal Conservation Association South Carolina was heavily involved in pushing for the various legislation, and CCA SC Executive Director Scott Whitaker is impressed with what was accomplished within one legislative session.

“These were CCA’s priorities,’’ said Whitaker. “You run five bills through the General Assembly in one session – that’s a lot of monitoring and actively engaging with both sides and the full body [of the legislature]. This was probably the biggest workload since the (Comprehensive Finfish Management Plan) in 2006 in my 14 years with CCA.’’

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