Excerpt from Laws of the State of South Carolina Pertaining to Migratory and Shellfish, Shad, Sturgeon, Oysters, Clams and Terrapin, 1917
Section 1. All Beds of Rivers State Property Oyster Beds Not to be Granted.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina: From and after March 1, 1917, all the beds of the bays, rivers, creeks and shores of the sea within the jurisdiction of this State, and not conveyed by special grant or compact according to law, shall continue and remain the property of the State of South Carolina, and may be used as a common by all the people of the State for the purpose of fishing and fowling, and taking and catching oysters and other shell fish, terrapin, shad, sturgeon and other fish, subject to the provisions of this Article, and any future laws that may be passed by the General Assembly: and no grant shall hereafter be issued by the sinking Fund Commission to pass any estate, title or interest of the State in or to any natural oyster bed, rock or shoal, whether the said bed, rock or shoal shall be bare or not.
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