Press Release


Brunswick, Ga.
April 14, 2014

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GADNR) recently partnered with Coastal Conservation Association-GA (CCAGA) to complete an oyster restoration project on Oatland Island, Richardson Creek in Savannah. The site is located in an area adjacent to the Oatland Island Wildlife Center nature trail. 


Brunswick, Ga.
March 28, 2014


With average rain fall amounts near 50 inches per year, coastal Georgia has a huge potential for harvesting rainwater, which would take some pressure off the drinking water supply. Recently, staff of the Georgia Coastal Management Program (GCMP) at the Georgia DNR (GADNR)/Coastal Resources Division has been working on projects that harvest and re-use rainwater. What is rainwater harvesting? Simply put, a rainwater harvesting system collects water from a roof piped to a storage tank where it can be used for a variety of purposes. Designs range from a single rain barrel at the bottom of a downspout for watering a garden to large cistern systems that can provide thousands of gallons of storage capacity. Based on average annual rainfall amounts in coastal Georgia, over 30,000 gallons of water can be captured annually from a small 1,000 square foot roof area. That’s a lot of water!



Brunswick, Ga.
March 14, 2014

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced that the commercial harvest of cannonball jellyfish with trawls in Georgia’s territorial waters will open at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 20, 2014 and close at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, 2014.


Brunswick, Ga.
February 28, 2014

Anyone with a valid Georgia fishing license, including lifetime and senior license holders, who wants to fish in saltwater after February 28th needs a FREE, annual Saltwater Information Program (SIP) permit. The SIP permit is part of a comprehensive effort by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to collect timely and accurate data from saltwater anglers for use in resource management. Current SIP permits expire on February 28, 2014. New permits are available starting March 1, 2014 and will be valid until the end of February 2015. 

Brunswick, Ga.
February 21, 2014

The Coastal Resources Division (CRD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources recently deployed a donated barge as the latest addition to Artificial Reef SAV – located 6 nautical miles southeast of Tybee Island.

Brunswick, Ga.
December 26, 2013

Commissioner Mark Williams has announced that Georgia's food shrimp harvest season will close at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31, 2013. This closure affects all food shrimp harvesting activities, including commercial trawling, commercial and recreational food shrimp cast netting, and shrimp seining on the beaches. Anglers and commercial bait shrimp dealers can still harvest shrimp for use as bait. Food shrimp season automatically closes on December 31 unless extended by action of the Commissioner of Natural Resources.