New Turtle Harvest Regulations

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The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission unanimously approved new regulations today to regulate and more closely monitor the commercial harvest of aquatic turtles in Arkansas. The following regulations will be effective Jan. 1, 2019.

The approved regulations changes are:

  • To cap the sale of annual commercial turtle harvest-related permit holders to 150 per year for 2019-2021;

  • Require submission of at least one report per harvester per year in order to renew a commercial harvester or dealer permit;

  • Close the Gulf Coastal Plain to commercial aquatic turtle harvest;

  • Close the St. Francis River in Greene and Clay counties to commercial aquatic turtle harvest;

  • Prohibit the harvest of razorback musk turtles, and

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

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