CRD press releases archived
Archived Press Releases
Beach Advisory Lifted for South Beach at the Lighthouse on St. Simons
With the passage of HB208 during the 2017 Legislative Session, Coastal Resources Division of the GA DNR is reminding commercial fishermen of several changes and additions that were made to Georgia’s commercial fishing licenses. Changes affecting commercial fishermen harvesting saltwater species and dealers purchasing those species include the creation of two new licenses and 12 species endorsements.
Georgia DNR Coastal Resources Division has released the results of the 2017 Saltwater Angler and Guide Survey. The recently completed telephone and online survey was conducted among licensed Georgia resident saltwater anglers and guides to determine participation in various types of fishing, satisfaction levels and attitudes toward CRD management of red drum and spotted seatrout.
• No person may trawl for brown, pink, or white shrimp in federal waters off Georgia.
• The closure is effective 8:45 p.m., local time, January 24, 2018.
• NOAA Fisheries will issue a new Fishery Bulletin announcing the re-opening to shrimp harvest in federal waters off Georgia.
Georgia Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Mark Williams has announced that Georgia's whelk trawl harvest season will open at 6:30 a.m. on Friday, January 26, 2018 and close at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, 2018. The DNR will continue its policy of requiring those who possess or fish for whelks with trawl gear in Georgia waters to have a no-charge letter of authorization, the original of which must remain onboard the vessel during fishing activities.
Georgia DNR Commissioner Mark Williams recently announced that the U.S. Secretary of Commerce has requested Georgia Governor Nathan Deal provide nominations for the state’s obligatory and at-large seats on the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council). This action is pursuant to the requirements of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (P.L. 94-265). Governor Deal's nominees must be residents of Georgia and knowledgeable regarding the science, conservation and management of fishery resources of the geographical area of the Council. The Secretary of Commerce is particularly interested in diversifying the councils through the appointment of women and minorities.
Since late December water temperatures in Georgia estuaries have been below average and in early January inland water temperatures dropped below 44 degrees – a critical level for some marine organisms. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and many anglers are concerned about the status of species that support the state's valuable recreational saltwater fishing activities including spotted seatrout.