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Glynn County, Ga.
June 24, 2016 - June 29, 2016

 Beach Advisory Lifted for East Beach at the Old Coast Guard Station 


Brunswick, Ga.
June 21, 2016 - June 21, 2017

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has announced a new women’s state record for king mackerel, Scomberomorus cavalla, landed in Georgia by Jessica Pace of Savannah, Georgia.


Brunswick, Ga.
June 21, 2016 - July 21, 2016

With summer in full swing, Georgia beaches throughout the Golden Isles are popular destinations for visitors and residents. As a kick-off for the Golden Isles annual 4th of July celebration for the past 10 years, island beach-goers have had the opportunity to learn about the natural wonders of the coast at the Georgia DNR’s 

“Beach Week”. This year, Jekyll Island beach visitors can experience Beach Week at the Great Dunes Park parking lot near the Conference Center on Monday, June 27. On Wednesday, June 29, the Beach Week celebration moves to the old Coast Guard Station beach access area on St. Simons Island.


Tybee Island, Ga.
June 21, 2016 - July 21, 2016

 Brunswick, GA (June 16, 2016) - For the past 10 years Tybee Island beach-goers have had the opportunity to learn more about the natural wonders of the Georgia coast as part of the annual 4th of July celebration when the Georgia DNR hosts “Beach Week”. This year Tybee Island visitors can experience Beach Week at the Tybee Marine Science Center Parking Lot on Tuesday, June 28th from 10am to 3pm.


Brunswick, Ga.
June 03, 2016 - June 25, 2016

Final Agenda

Joint Meeting of the Coastal Marshlands and Shore Protection Committees

Friday, June 24, 2016, 9:30 am

Susan Shipman Environmental Learning Center

GA DNR Coastal Regional Office

One Conservation Way, Brunswick, GA 31520


Brunswick, Ga.
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.   


Brunswick, Ga.
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.

 

 


Brunswick, Ga.
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. 

 

 


Brunswick, Ga.
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.


Brunswick, Ga.
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.