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Recent Press Releases
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.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GADNR) has announced that the commercial harvest of jellyfish with trawls in Georgia’s territorial waters will open at 6:30 a.m. on Monday, January 1, 2018 and close at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, 2018. Individuals who wish to participate in jellyfish trawling must contact the Department to obtain a free letter of authorization (LOA) that must remain onboard the vessel when fishing. Prior to receiving an LOA, fishers will be required to submit documentation from an approved processor who has agreed to purchase the catch. Persons wishing to obtain a LOA to harvest jellyfish are asked to contact Julie Califf at 912-264-7218.
The Coastal Resources Division (CRD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources recently deployed concrete rubble and culvert, donated by the City of Brunswick, as an enhancement to Artificial Reef SFC – located 18 nautical miles east of Little Cumberland Island.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has announced a written public comment period for proposed changes to the Rules of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Saltwater Fishing Regulations. The proposed amended Rule, if adopted by the Board of Natural Resources, will increase the minimum size of cobia from 33 inches, fork length to 36 inches, fork length and decrease the possession limit from the current two per person per day to one per person per day. It would also establish a vessel limit of six cobia. The changes will apply to both recreational and commercial fishers.
Anglers will receive an additional weekend of red snapper harvest during the 2017 mini-season in the federal waters of the South Atlantic. Anglers will be allowed to harvest red snapper during the weekend of December 8-10, with each angler allowed one red snapper per day with no size restriction. During November, two weekends were opened to recreational harvest. However, during the second weekend the weather was inclement and high winds prevented most anglers from fishing offshore. Based on preliminary estimates of harvest during November, the catch limit has not been caught, thus allowing one additional weekend for anglers in December.
Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Mark Williams has announced the appointment of Doug Haymans to serve as the director of the Coastal Resources Division (CRD) of DNR succeeding A.G. “Spud” Woodward who is retiring effective January 1, 2018. The Board of Natural Resources will take action to approve Mr. Haymans appointment at its December meeting.
The U.S. Secretary of Commerce has approved a request by NOAA Fisheries to allow limited harvest of red snapper in the federal waters of the South Atlantic. Anglers can harvest red snapper during the following two weekends: November 3-5 and November 10-12. Each angler is allowed one red snapper per day with no size restriction.
Georgia DNR is working with NOAA Fisheries to collect data on the South Atlantic red snapper population. These data will be used to estimate harvest, discards, and fishing effort and to add to information on the age, size, and growth of red snapper in the population. There are several ways Georgia anglers can help.