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OUTDOORS NEWS: Limit coming Oct. 2 on commercial harvest of vermilion snapper

Limit coming Oct. 2

 

on vermilion snapper

The daily trip limit for the commercial harvest of vermilion snapper in federal waters of the South Atlantic is reduced from 1,000 pounds gutted weight to 500 pounds gutted weight, effective 12:01 a.m. (local time) October 2, 2017.

NOAA Fisheries has determined 75 percent of the July-December commercial quota has been landed. The commercial vermilion snapper trip limit is reduced when 75 percent of the July-December quota is reached in federal waters of the South Atlantic.

The 500-pound gutted weight trip limit applies to vessels with a South Atlantic Unlimited Snapper-Grouper Permit fishing for vermilion snapper in or from federal waters in the South Atlantic region.

The 500-pound gutted weight trip limit will remain in effect until the end of the current July-December 2017 fishing season or until the quota is reached and vermilion snapper closes, whichever occurs first.

Redfish tourney

set for Oct. 21-22

Tybee Island’s annual charity “Big Bully” Redfish Tournament is Oct. 21-22 on North Beach and benefits Georgia’s Alzheimer’s Association in conjunction with Team Opa.

The cost is $35 prior to Oct. 1, $50 on the day of the event. Children register for $20. Registration is at 7 a.m., and the first cast is at 8 a.m. Lines in at 5 p.m. on Oct. 21 and 4 p.m. on Oct. 22.

For information, go to www.tybeefishingco.com or visit the Tybee Fishing Company’s Facebook page.

Georgia DNR game warden

wins national award

SOCIAL CIRCLE – For the second time in three years, a Georgia DNR game warden has been named the top boating law enforcement officer in the nation.

Earlier this month, at its 58th annual conference in Rapid City, S.D., the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators presented Georgia DNR Law Enforcement Corporal Bart Hendrix, who is assigned to Cherokee County, with its highest award, Boating Officer of the Year, for his outstanding contributions to the field of boating law enforcement. In 2015, Georgia DNR Sgt. Jason Roberson, who is now Cpl. Hendrix’s supervisor, received the same award.

Earlier this year, Hendrix was named Georgia DNR Law Enforcement’s 2016 Boating Officer of the Year for his exceptional work on Allatoona Lake and the Etowah River. In July, he earned Boating Officer of the Year from the Southern States Boating Law Administrators Caucus (SSBLAC), a regional association within NASBLA, which represents 20 southern states and territories. That award made him one of only three finalists nationwide for the “Butch Potts Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year” Award, as NASBLA’s premier award is called.

“Cpl. Hendrix is a top-notch Game Warden and he truly deserves this prestigious award,” said DNR Law Enforcement Director Colonel Eddie Henderson. “When Bart is working on the water, without fail, he gives 100 percent to boating enforcement and public safety – all day, every day.”

Hendrix had very impressive boating enforcement numbers this past year, logging 43 water patrols and 616 hours in the boat. He checked 288 vessels and assisted with 150 others. He made five BUI arrests and three VGCSA (drug) arrests and, due to his accurate case files, maintained a 100 percent BUI conviction rate. He worked five boat incidents, six drownings, and spent 62 hours on 11 Search and Rescue missions. As a member of the Critical Incident Reconstruction Team, he worked 53 hours investigating a fatal boat incident on Lake Lanier, completing it in a timely manner, even with a language barrier and having to track down several witnesses that had left the country.

According to Sgt. Roberson, one quality that sets Cpl. Hendrix apart is his genuine concern for people. On one occasion, he worked an incident where a victim drowned in front of his wife and three children. Bart took the family away from the scene, bought their lunch, and spent the entire day with them, providing comfort and assurance in their time of despair. Later in the year, he arranged for the work section to buy the children’s school supplies and he personally delivered them. On another occasion, he arranged for Cabela’s to donate $500 of outdoor products for Christmas gifts for a needy child.

“I’m very proud of Cpl. Hendrix and his accomplishments this past year,” stated DNR Commissioner Mark Williams. “He is another example of the well-trained and professional Game Wardens we have at Georgia DNR.”

Cpl. Hendrix has been with Georgia DNR Law Enforcement for 11 years and resides in Cherokee County.

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