The ban on barreling and whitefish in Georgia has been a big issue in the state, which has a reputation as one of the most trout-friendly in the country.
But a new ban is causing a stir.
The fish, once a staple of the region, are now banned for commercial fishing, with only those caught by Georgia Aquaculture Corp. (GAAC) licensed to fish for barrelings allowed to return to their waters.
The fish are a crucial food source for people who live in the far north and along the Gulf Coast, and barrelling and whitefishes are key to making the region a fishing destination again.
“We are seeing the impact on fishermen and people who rely on the fish for their livelihoods and livelihoods of this new ban,” said David Schmitt, an aquaculture expert with Georgia Aquaceans, a group that advocates for the state’s fishermen.
Aquaculture also has licenses to catch and sell other fish in the Gulf, but it doesn’t sell them in bars.
While barreled and white fish are legal, they aren’t allowed to be sold at restaurants or bars, and they’re banned from the Georgia Aquatic Park, a tourist attraction along the shoreline of the Georgia coast.GAAC’s move to ban the fish comes just days after another ban, this one in Mississippi, took effect in July, restricting the use of certain barrels and whitewaters.
Georgia is home to more than 5 million trout, and its ban will have a ripple effect on many other states that also have barrelled and white water fisheries.
The ban on bars in Georgia is a result of concerns that bars will attract fish from other states and would discourage the state from returning to a fish-based food source.
The state has about 10,000 licensed barrelers, which means they can fish a wide variety of fish species, but they can’t sell their catch to restaurants or restaurants that sell alcohol.
It also makes sense to ban them because barrellers have the ability to harvest as many as 90 per cent of their catch and can do so with the help of a boat that can be rented for a few days.
Barreling is the biggest fish in Georgia, and there are more than 1,400 species of barrellas in the area.
There are also about 30 species of whitefishers, including many varieties of trout, which are often used as bait for barbecues.
The Georgia Aquarium says it has spent about $15 million to develop a program to educate the public on the importance of fish in food production.
“Our goal is to make this a priority,” said Schmitt.
With a new fish-free ban, the Georgia Fish and Wildlife Commission is moving forward with plans to regulate the state waters that barrelings can access, but a lot of work remains to be done.