September 01, 2016 - December 01, 2016
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Coastal Resources Division (CRD) is submitting to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management (OCM) a request for Routine Program Changes to the approved Georgia Coastal Management Program. The State considers the Program Changes to be routine and not substantial changes to the authorities of the Georgia Coastal Management Program. CRD is seeking OCM’s concurrence in this determination.
August 09, 2016 - August 09, 2017
August 05, 2016 - August 05, 2017
July 06, 2016 - July 06, 2017
Commissioner of Natural Resources, Mark Williams has announced the appointment of Zachary Harris of St. Simons Island to fill the unexpired term of Superior Court Judge-Elect, Bert Guy on the Coastal Marshlands Protection Committee and Shore Protection Committee. Mr. Harris was appointed by the Board of Natural Resources during their June 29th meeting.
June 21, 2016 - June 21, 2017
May 27, 2016 - December 31, 2016
Commissioner Mark Williams has announced that Georgia waters will open for commercial and recreational harvest of food shrimp at 8:00 am on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. Effective that date, commercial food shrimp trawlers can operate in Georgia’s territorial waters open to power-drawn trawls. Commercial and recreational cast netters, as well as persons using a beach seine, can harvest food shrimp from waters open to the use of these gears.
May 23, 2016 - October 01, 2016
Commissioner Mark Williams has announced that Georgia's territorial waters will close to commercial and recreational oyster harvest effective 6:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 1, 2016 through midnight on Friday, September 30, 2016. A similar closure occurred in 2015 to meet the requirements of Georgia's Vibrio parahaemolyticus (Vp) control plan.
April 22, 2016 - December 30, 2016
Coastal Resources Division Director, Spud Woodward, has announced that the recently completed 2015 Coastal Georgia Ecosystem Report Card is now available. The report card assessment was conducted through a partnership of the Coastal Resources Division, Environmental Protection Division and Wildlife Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The 2015 Report Card is an update of DNR’s first-ever 2014 report card that was prepared with assistance of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Integration and Application Network (UMCES/IAN). Like the 2014 report, the 2015 Coastal Georgia Ecosystem Report Card scored a B+ based on data collected throughout the past year from coast-wide DNR surveys and inventories.
“Achieving a B+ for the second year in a row in the human health, fisheries, and wildlife indices is a positive reflection of the continued efforts of citizens, local governments, conservation organizations and government resource managers to balance development and human use with natural resource conservation and protection along the Georgia coast,” commented Woodward.
Ecological report cards are considered a public friendly way to provide a timely and geographically detailed assessment of ecosystems or rivers. One key aspect of these report cards is that they synthesize diverse data sources and types into information understandable by a broad audience. The report card scores are based on a twenty-point scale (0-20% = F, 20-40% = D, etc.). This is the scale accepted for ecosystem health report cards world-wide as it is able to provide a clearer picture of health.
“The Coastal Georgia Ecosystem Report Card as an important part of the department’s efforts to keep the public informed about natural resource management in the coastal area and to present timely information about the status of resources held in public trust,” commented Woodward.
Coastal Resources Division/Georgia Department of Natural Resources
The Coastal Resources Division of Georgia Department of Natural Resources is the state agency entrusted to manage Georgia’s coastal marshes, beaches, waters and fisheries for the benefit of present and future generations. The mission of the Department of Natural Resources is to sustain, enhance, protect and conserve Georgia’s natural, historic and cultural resources for present and future generations while recognizing the importance of promoting the development of commerce and industry that utilize sound environmental practices.
December 18, 2015 - December 18, 2016
Georgia Department of Natural Resources Commissioner, Mark Williams has announced that during the October 2015 meeting, the Board of Natural Resources approved an increase in the minimum-size limit for spotted seatrout from 13 inches to 14 inches, total length with an effective date of January 1, 2016. The vote was taken after considering public comment provided through two public hearings and email.
November 13, 2015 - January 01, 2017
Commissioner of Natural Resources, Mark Williams has announced that the recently completed Coastal Georgia Ecosystem Report Card is now available on line at: www.CoastalGaDNR.org/ReportCard. The first-ever report card assessment was conducted through a partnership of the Coastal Resources Division, Environmental Protection Division and Wildlife Resource Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Integration and Application Network(UMCES/IAN). The data for the Report Card came from coast-wide DNR surveys and inventories conducted during 2014.