Officials at the Coastal Resources Division (CRD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources have announced plans for the 2017 commercial food shrimp cast net lottery. To be eligible for this lottery, individuals must submit an application to the Coastal Resources Division by 4:00 June 1, 2017. Lottery applications are available on the Commercial Fishing License page and at the Brunswick CRD office. The drawing will be conducted on June 2, 2017.
Successful lottery license recipients will be notified via certified mail. Recipients must purchase the license by 4:00 P.M. June 30, 2017. Unclaimed licenses will be offered to the next randomly selected candidate. The fee for a commercial food shrimp cast net license is $250.00 for residents ($2,500 for non-residents) plus the vessel license.
A controlled access system has been in effect since 1998, capping license sales at 200. The actual number of licenses available through the 2017 lottery will not be known until the license renewal deadline has passed. Current food shrimp cast net license holders are reminded that they must renew their license by 4:00 P.M. June 1, 2017 or the license will revert to the state. For more information, contact CRD’s Julie Califf at (912) 264-7218.