1501:31-3-10 Limitations on size of mesh of fishing devices.

Under authority of sections 1531.08, 1533.49, and 1533.62 of the Revised Code, the chief of the division of wildlife hereby orders that:

(A) The meshes of the back of the crib or car of all crib nets, fyke nets, or trap nets used in fishing in this state shall measure not less than one-quarter inch nor more than four inches as found in use or possession measured on the bar. Such meshes shall extend from the top to the bottom of the crib or car of the nets.

(B) It shall be unlawful to use or possess in the inland and lake Erie fishing districts seines, as described in section 1533.62 of the Revised Code, with twine composed of less than four-inch mesh, measured on the bar, throughout the wings.

(C) Each net, measurements of which do not comply with this rule, constitutes a separate offense and is a public nuisance. Such nets, or parts thereof, may be seized and held for evidence, or for forfeiture proceedings as provided in section 1531.20 of the Revised Code.

(D) All provisions in sections 1533.49 and 1533.62 of the Revised Code not mentioned in or modified by this rule shall remain in effect.

(E) A violation of this rule is a violation of sections 1533.49 and 1533.62 of the Revised Code.

(F) All definitions set forth in rule 1501:31-1-02 of the Administrative Code shall apply to this rule.

Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 07/19/2016 and 07/19/2021
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1531.08, 1533.49, 1533.69
Rule Amplifies: 1531.08, 1533.49, 1533.69
Prior Effective Dates: 06/01/1986, 09/15/1987, 05/19/1995, 04/28/1998