(1) Resident Commercial Turtle Permit - Supplement will only be available beginning in the year 2024 if the number of permits issued from July 1 through July 31 of each year is less than thirty-five (35) Resident Commercial Turtle Permit - Supplement. The number of permits available in this drawing process will equal the difference between thirty-five (35) and the number issued by July 30. When/if a Resident Commercial Turtle Permit - Supplement falls below the maximum number then the available Resident Commercial Turtle Permit -Supplement will be available for any resident commercial license holder via a drawing to be held on a single date to be determined by TWRA between October 1 through October 15 of each year.
(2) Applicants must be residents of the State of Tennessee, possess a valid Commercial Fishing License at the time of the drawing.
(3) The Resident Commercial Turtle Permit - Supplement(s) drawing will be announced by TWRA. On drawing day, participating applicants must appear in person at TWRA's Nashville office and complete an application supplied by TWRA between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. (central time). One application is permitted per person. If more than one application is submitted by a person, then all applications from that individual will be excluded from the drawing.
(4) Applicants who are randomly selected by TWRA must purchase the Resident Commercial Turtle Permit - Supplement within one (1) hour. Selected applicants will be removed from the applicant pool for the duration of the drawing. Those failing to meet the purchasing requirements will forfeit the right to purchase the permit - supplement. A subsequent random drawing for the unpurchased Resident Commercial Turtle Permit - Supplemental(s) will then occur from the remaining application pool.
(5) Those individuals that possess a Resident Commercial Turtle Permit - Supplement shall have priority to renew that permit from July 1 through July 31 of each year until he/she fails to renew the permit.


Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 1660-01-30-.04
New rule filed March 15, 2023; effective 6/13/2023.

Authority: T.C.A. ยงยง 70-1-206 and 70-2-301.

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