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The following regulations prescribe the rules and regulations necessary to administer the export, farming, and sale of native fresh-water turtles under sound wildlife management practices.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/391-4-16-.02" name="391-4-16-.02" title="391-4-16-.02">Rule 391-4-16-.02 Definitions</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.02(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> As used in these rules and regulations, the term: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.02(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Commercial Enterprise" means of or relating to the export, farming, buying, selling, exchanging, bartering or offering for purchase, sale, exchange or barter in order to derive income or other consideration.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.02(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Export" means the transportation of native fresh-water turtles by any person from any point within this state to any point beyond the borders of this state.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.02(1)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Sale" means the possession of native fresh-water turtles for commercial enterprise.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.02(1)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Turtle Farm" means the possession of more than ten (10) native fresh-water turtles, including any act involving the production of native fresh-water turtles in captivity for commercial enterprise.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.02(1)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Wild-caught" means trapped, taken, or captured by any method from any freshwater habitat, including but not limited to, waters of the state or private ponds.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/391-4-16-.03" name="391-4-16-.03" title="391-4-16-.03">Rule 391-4-16-.03 Unlawful Activities</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.03(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> It is unlawful for any person to export native fresh-water turtles without a valid commercial turtle farming permit issued by the department. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.03(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> This does not apply to any person possessing a valid food sales establishment license issued by the Georgia Department of Agriculture, provided that such establishment is in compliance with provisions of O.C.G.A. <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=27-2-15&amp;title=27#" target="_newtab">27-2-15</a>.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.03(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any exportation requires an export permit from the department before any items leave the state of Georgia.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.03(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> It is unlawful for any person to possess more than ten (10) native fresh-water turtles without a valid commercial turtle farming permit issued by the department. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.03(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any person holding a valid nuisance wildlife control permit issued by the department may capture, possess, or transport native fresh-water turtles, provided however that such turtles shall not be held for more than 72 hours. Provided further that such turtles may be: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.03(2)(a)(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> euthanized;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.03(2)(a)(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> released alive within their native range in the drainage where captured within the boundaries of the state; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.03(2)(a)(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> sold to a Georgia commercial turtle farm in accordance with this chapter.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.03(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any person holding a valid wildlife exhibition or wildlife rehabilitation permit may possess more than ten (10) native fresh-water turtles in accordance with such wildlife exhibition or wildlife rehabilitation permit. Nothing in this Chapter shall be construed to allow such person to engage in any commercial enterprise involving native fresh-water turtles.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.03(2)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any person holding a valid scientific collecting permit may collect or possess more than ten (10) native fresh-water turtles in accordance with such scientific collecting permit. Nothing in this Chapter shall be construed to allow such person to engage in any commercial enterprise involving native fresh-water turtles.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.03(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> It is unlawful for any person to collect any native fresh-water turtle eggs from the wild.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.03(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> It is unlawful for any person to sell, hold for sale, or to distribute viable native fresh-water turtle eggs or live fresh-water turtles with a carapace length less than 4 inches unless for export from the state or otherwise authorized by a permit in accordance with O.C.G.A. <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=27-2-12&amp;title=27#" target="_newtab">27-2-12</a> and O.C.G.A. <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=27-2-13&amp;title=27#" target="_newtab">27-2-13</a>. Nothing in this Chapter shall be construed to be in conflict with any federal law or regulation, specifically, <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/us/books/Code_of_Federal_Regulations/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=1240.62&amp;title=21#" target="_newtab">21CFR 1240.62</a>. It is unlawful to import live native fresh-water turtles or the eggs of such from another state unless such turtles or eggs were lawfully acquired in accordance with the laws and regulations of that state. Provided further that the following requirements shall also be met: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.03(4)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A wildlife importation permit shall be obtained from the department if such turtles, or eggs, are wildlife. Such permit shall be valid for the period indicated within the issued permit; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.03(4)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A bill of lading identifying the source of the turtles, species, age class (hatchling, juvenile, or adult) and sex, if known, of each turtle, or similar evidence of the sale must be retained by the buyer pursuant to this Chapter; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.03(4)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A person possessing a valid commercial turtle farming permit who acquires more than ten (10) native fresh-water turtles from direct trapping in another state shall document accurate and complete records in accordance with Chapter <a title="391-4-16-.08" href="391-4-16-.08">391-4-16-.08</a> on a daily basis.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.03(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Nothing in this Chapter shall be construed to authorize the taking of any species which is protected under the federal Endangered Species Act of 1973, P.L. 93-205, as amended, or under any state law which has as its purpose the protection of endangered or threatened species.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/391-4-16-.04" name="391-4-16-.04" title="391-4-16-.04">Rule 391-4-16-.04 Permits</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.04(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Application for a commercial turtle farming permit shall be submitted on forms provided by the department and may be submitted at any time. The permit year is from April 1 to March 31. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.04(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The fee for a commercial turtle farming permit shall be $50.00.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.04(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Unless otherwise specified on the permit, commercial turtle farming permits shall be effective from April 1 through March 31.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.04(1)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The department may issue a commercial turtle farming permit, at no charge, to an individual(s) who is (are) operating an established turtle farm prior to January 25, 2012. Provided, however, that such individual(s) must submit a completed application for a commercial turtle farming permit to the department and the completed application must be received by the department not later than February 29, 2012. A commercial turtle farming permit issued under this subparagraph shall be valid for the natural life of the individual(s) to whom such permit is issued. Individuals to whom such permits are issued may keep turtles that are in their possession at the time the permit is issued indefinitely.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.04(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Prior to issuing a commercial turtle farming permit to an individual who intends to operate a turtle farm, department personnel shall inspect the facilities and/or review the specifications of proposed facilities to ensure such facilities meet the requirements of <a title="391-4-16-.07" href="391-4-16-.07">391-4-16-.07</a>.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.04(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A commercial turtle farming permit shall not be issued to any person who has been convicted within the past five (5) years of any violation of O.C.G.A. Title 27.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.04(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> In accordance with O.C.G.A. <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=27-4-90&amp;title=27#" target="_newtab">27-4-90</a> and <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=27-4-91&amp;title=27#" target="_newtab">27-4-91</a>, and as provided for in O.C.G.A. <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=27-2-23&amp;title=27#" target="_newtab">27-2-23</a>, a commercial fishing license shall be an eligibility requirement for a commercial turtle farming permit.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/391-4-16-.05" name="391-4-16-.05" title="391-4-16-.05">Rule 391-4-16-.05 Limits</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.05(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The department may issue a "catch out" authorization for private ponds that allows a nuisance wildlife control operator to remove native fresh-water turtles and such turtles shall not be subject to the limits established in this paragraph.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.05(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Commercial turtle farming permit holders may annually stock up to two hundred (200) native, wild caught fresh-water turtles into a Georgia turtle farm, including up to one hundred (100) turtles provided from authorized "catch outs", notwithstanding other special permits as issued by the department.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/391-4-16-.06" name="391-4-16-.06" title="391-4-16-.06">Rule 391-4-16-.06 Acquisition of Turtles</a></h2> <P>Any person holding a valid commercial turtle farming permit may acquire live native fresh-water turtles from any source or direct trapping of wild-caught fresh-water turtles in accordance with O.C.G.A. <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=27-4-91&amp;title=27#" target="_newtab">27-4-91</a>, provided that such turtles have been lawfully taken. Such acquisition shall be documented in accordance with 391-4-16.08(2)(g) and maintained onsite.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/391-4-16-.07" name="391-4-16-.07" title="391-4-16-.07">Rule 391-4-16-.07 Specifications for Turtle Farms</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.07(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Outdoor facilities including, but not limited to, breeding ponds, grow-out ponds, holding ponds, and nesting areas shall meet the following conditions: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.07(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All such facilities shall be contained within a perimeter fence not less than 24 inches in height from ground level;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.07(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The perimeter fence shall be sufficient to prevent egress and ingress of any turtle;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.07(1)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All ponds shall be permanent earthen structures unless otherwise stipulated by the department; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.07(1)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Turtle nesting areas shall consist of non-compacted soil of sufficient depth and area to meet the biological reproductive needs of all species being bred and accommodate the density of the facility's breeding stock and shall provide unrestricted egress and ingress of nesting females from breeding and/or holding ponds, unless otherwise stipulated by the department.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.07(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Indoor housing facilities shall meet the following conditions: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.07(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The facility shall include a structurally sound barrier to prevent egress or ingress of any turtle and infrastructure for holding, breeding, turtle laying area(s), incubation and hatching areas;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.07(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Suitable sanitary methods shall provide for rapid elimination of excess water and shall be properly constructed, and kept in good repair, to ensure the health of the turtles at all times. The method of drainage shall comply with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations relating to pollution control or the protection of the environment; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.07(2)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Turtle nesting areas shall consist of non-compacted soil of sufficient depth and area to meet the biological reproductive needs of all species being bred and accommodate the density of the facility's breeding stock and shall provide unrestricted egress and ingress of nesting females from breeding and/or holding ponds, unless otherwise stipulated by the department.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.07(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All indoor and outdoor facilities shall be in compliance with applicable provisions of O.C.G.A. <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=27-5-6&amp;title=27#" target="_newtab">27-5-6</a>.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/391-4-16-.08" name="391-4-16-.08" title="391-4-16-.08">Rule 391-4-16-.08 Records and Reports</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.08(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any person possessing a valid commercial turtle farming permit issued by the department shall maintain accurate and complete written records and documentation on each transaction of a commercial enterprise involving native fresh-water turtles. Such records shall include the source, species, age class (hatchling, juvenile or adult), and sex of each turtle. Such records shall be made available to department personnel for inspection at their request. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.08(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The department shall comply with the provisions of O.C.G.A. <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=50-18-72&amp;title=50#50-18-72(b)(1)" target="_newtab">50-18-72(b)(1)</a> as it relates to disclosure of trade secrets of a privileged and confidential nature.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.08(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any person possessing a valid commercial turtle farming permit issued by the department shall submit annually to the department not later than March 1 a report that shall, where applicable, include: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.08(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> the total number of turtles of each species possessed, including number of each sex, if determinable;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.08(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> the total number of turtles of each species captured, including number of each sex, if determinable;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.08(2)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> counties trapped;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.08(2)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> total mortality, by species, including cause of death, if known;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.08(2)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> number of turtles, by species, harvested for market;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.08(2)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> number of each species of turtles or eggs sold, offered for adoption, given away, bartered, or exchanged; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.08(2)(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> per transaction, the name and address of each supplier of native fresh-water turtles or eggs and the name and address of each purchaser or recipient of native fresh-water turtles, turtle eggs, or turtle products.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/391-4-16-.09" name="391-4-16-.09" title="391-4-16-.09">Rule 391-4-16-.09 Inspection and Inventory of Turtle Farms</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.09(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Department personnel may, at any time, inspect turtle farms, including importation and exportation shipments, turtles, eggs, records, lands, facilities and any other equipment that may be used in the production, processing, or transportation of turtles, turtle eggs, or turtle products.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.09(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A turtle farm inspection may include a complete census or scientific survey of the turtle stock by the department under the following conditions: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.09(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> upon lawful sale or transfer of ownership; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.09(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> when an inspection indicates a violation of this Chapter; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.09(2)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> pursuant to an investigation wherein turtles or their eggs may have been unlawfully acquired; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.09(2)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> prior to the transfer of turtle stock resulting from the revocation of a commercial turtle farming permit.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-4-16-.09(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A permitted turtle farmer shall cooperate fully should an inventory or census be required by the department.</td> </tr> </table> </div> </div> </HTML> </div> <div id="toc" class="sidebar noprint"> <ul id="toc-children" class="children"><li><a href="/GAC/391-4-16-.01" name="391-4-16-.01" title="391-4-16-.01">Rule 391-4-16-.01 Purpose</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/391-4-16-.02" name="391-4-16-.02" title="391-4-16-.02">Rule 391-4-16-.02 Definitions</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/391-4-16-.03" name="391-4-16-.03" title="391-4-16-.03">Rule 391-4-16-.03 Unlawful Activities</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/391-4-16-.04" name="391-4-16-.04" title="391-4-16-.04">Rule 391-4-16-.04 Permits</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/391-4-16-.05" name="391-4-16-.05" title="391-4-16-.05">Rule 391-4-16-.05 Limits</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/391-4-16-.06" name="391-4-16-.06" title="391-4-16-.06">Rule 391-4-16-.06 Acquisition of Turtles</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/391-4-16-.07" name="391-4-16-.07" title="391-4-16-.07">Rule 391-4-16-.07 Specifications for Turtle Farms</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/391-4-16-.08" name="391-4-16-.08" title="391-4-16-.08">Rule 391-4-16-.08 Records and Reports</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/391-4-16-.09" name="391-4-16-.09" title="391-4-16-.09">Rule 391-4-16-.09 Inspection and Inventory of Turtle Farms</a></li></ul> </div> </div> <!--content ends here--> <div id="footer" class="noprint"><span class="footer">Copyright &copy; 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