New regulations approved for turtle harvesting

New regulations approved for turtle harvesting
A series of new regulations dealing with turtle harvesting were approved Friday by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) - The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has set a series of new regulations dealing with the issue of aquatic turtle harvesting, with the regulations impacting commercial opportunities.

According to a media release Friday, the commission voted to approve the regulations which take effect Jan. 1.

The regulations, according to AGFC, include:

* Capping the sale of annual commercial turtle harvest-related permit holders to 150 per year for 2019-2021.

* Closing the Gulf Coastal Plain to commercial aquatic turtle harvest.

* Closing the St. Francis River in Clay and Greene counties to commercial aquatic turtle harvest.

* Clarifying that anyone holding wild caught aquatic turtles for commercial transfer purposes must have an Aquatic Turtle Dealer Permit.

* Prohibiting the harvest of Razorback Musk Turtles.

* Requiring the submission of at least one reporter per harvester per year in order to renew a commercial harvester or dealer permit.

Officials say the changes will help to regulate and monitor the commercial harvest of the animals.

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