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Posted - 04/20/2017 :  11:47:55 AM  Show Profile Send uapjsb a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Any one else feel like St.Jude is pushing us out of fishing spots over at Otter Isl.they keep pushing the cages closer and closer to the bank over at Otter and now have the whole left side of the bank cut off to fish. I was over there this weekend and the cages were up against the bank all the way down the side of Otter. Does their permit allow them to be that close, they have cut off access to several drains is that allowed? who do you call to complain? I have no problem with their use of the public waters for their private use but when they are denying me of areas I would like to fish I do not think it's right. I have ask them to move them out away from the bank and was told that they would not move them. I've got hung up in their in the anchor ropes two times and thought I was going to have cut up my anchor line to get loose. How do the rest of you feel about this subject?

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Posted - 04/22/2017 :  12:41:36 AM  Show Profile Send kkenison a Private Message  Reply with Quote
That's interesting, because I've seen the oyster harvesters fishing the left side of the entrance of Otter Island behind the crates when they're not collecting them, etc. they're based out of Bennett's point from my understanding due to seeing their boat there on multiple occasions and working behind the shop. I agree that they shouldn't be spreading out their crates all the way across the channel and almost prohibiting other recreational fishermen from fishing that whole creek due to how skinny the water gets coming from the small entrance off of the S Edisto. Anybody else agree or disagree?
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Posted - 04/22/2017 :  01:48:26 AM  Show Profile  Send Edisto82 an AOL message Send Edisto82 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
its their lease.
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Posted - 04/22/2017 :  5:26:55 PM  Show Profile Send Dockman a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Edisto82

its their lease.

their lease is a matter of public record with SC DHEC OCRM- the cages are supposed to be far enough off the bank to not impede access.

I have given removal quotes to a few of the oyster farms( they must have the removal plan to get permitted) and have looked at the plans and drawings for their leases.

Call the local OCRM office and ask for the enforcement person.
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