DNR Changing Cobia Rules

The state Department of Natural Resources is moving forward on a proposed fishing rule that would increase the minimum size allowable for Cobia caught in coastal waters from a 33-inch fork length to 36-inches. The possession limit would also be decreased from two per person per day to one per person per day with a six cobia per vessel limit. A cobia season would also be defined. The public comment period is open through Jan. 8 — all mailed comments have to be postmarked by Jan. 8, and all emailed comments received by 4:30 p.m., Jan. 8. Comments can be mailed to Doug Haymans, Coastal Resources Division, 1 Conservation Way, Brunswick, Ga., 31520. Haymans can also receive comments atdoug.haymans@dnr.ga.gov. The DNR board will take up the proposed rule change at 9 a.m., Jan. 26, at the A.W. Jones Heritage Center on St. Simons Island.