Flounder regulations change

As of July 1, legislation recently passed by the South Carolina General Assembly has increased the size limit and lowered the bag and boat limits for Southern, summer, and Gulf flounder in state waters.

Flounder rank among South Carolina’s top three most popular fish for recreational anglers, and S.C. Department of Natural Resources research has shown declines in their numbers over the past two decades. The new measures are intended to help rebuild flounder populations by giving more fish a chance to reproduce before they reach a harvestable size.

The new regulations change the minimum legal size for flounder from 14 inches (total length) to 15 inches (total length). Additionally, changes to the bag limit reduce the number of fish an individual can keep from 15 flounder per day to 10 flounder per day, with a maximum boat limit of 20 flounder per day.

Coyote depredation project

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON -- The Joint Base Charleston-Air Base coyote depredation program concluded June 16.

A total of two coyotes were trapped by a trained U.S. Department of Agriculture contractor on the base in a designated trapping area adjacent to family housing and the base exchange. Four coyotes were discovered deceased on the base’s Wrenwoods Golf Course for a total of six coyotes.

Coyotes are known carriers of canine distemper, parvo virus, hepatitis, mange and rabies, all of which can be transmitted to other animals and humans. In an effort to ensure the safety of base residents, non-lethal measures such as education to housing residents, eliminating food sources and live trapping were implemented. But those efforts were unsuccessful in controlling the coyote population.

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