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Join us for a Brownbag Lunch and Learn SeriesGeorgia Coastal Management Program Icon

When: July 30th, 2019, 12 p.m. 

Where: Susan Shipman Environmental Learning Center - Northeast corner of the parking lot.

This months topic: Energy Efficiency with the Rural Energy for America Program

 


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Green Stormwater Management

Join us for a Brownbag Lunch and Learn SeriesGeorgia Coastal Management Program Icon

When: June 26, 2019, 12 p.m. 

Where: Susan Shipman Environmental Learning Center - Northeast corner of the parking lot.

This months topic: Green Stormwater Management in Habersham Village

 


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Recreational Fishing

Join us for a Brownbag Lunch and Learn SeriesGeorgia Coastal Management Program Icon

When: May 10, 2019, 12 p.m. 

Where: Susan Shipman Environmental Learning Center - Northeast corner of the parking lot.

This months topic: Georgia Recreational Use Mapping Project

 


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Public Service Commissioner

Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols will discuss the state's energy future at a lunch-and-learn meeting at noon Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Coastal Regional Headquarters, One Conservation Way, Brunswick, GA 31520, in the Susan Shipman Learning Building.


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: Elizabeth Cheney, a beach water quality manager with the Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, tends to a beach advisory sign near Pier Village on St. Simons Island.

Residents and visitors to Georgia’s coast may not know Elizabeth Cheney – but they’ve probably seen her handiwork.


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Age and Growth lab

Since Decemeber 2003, Donna McDowell has overseen the Age and Growth Laboratory at CRD. In her career, she's analyzed tens of thousands of fish ear-bones, called "otoliths." By examining the samples under a microscope, McDowell can count the rings in the bones and determine the fish's age, much like counting tree rings. 


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Marine biologist

    Cameron Brinton deals with some heavy stuff in his job -- literally. 
    As a marine biologist with the Habitat Enhancement and Restoration Unit of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Coastal Resources Division, he helps with the upkeep and creation of artificial reefs off Georgia's coast. Part of his job is to find post-industrial materials like concrete culverts and massive pieces of metal that can be used for fish habitats. 


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Savannah River

Join us for a Brownbag Lunch and Learn Series

When: Jan. 7, 2019, 12 p.m. 

Where: Susan Shipman Environmental Learning Center - Northeast corner of the parking lot

This months topic: Tidal Reach in the Savannah River

 


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Join us for a Brownbag Lunch and Learn Series

When: July 11, 2018 12:00 PM

Where: Susan Shipman Environmental Learning Center - Northeast corner of the parking lot.

Please feel free to bring your lunch and join us!

This months topic: Are Anglers and Fishing Guides Satisfied with CRD's Management of Marine Fisheries?

 


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Join us for a Brownbag Lunch and Learn Series

When: June 19, 2018 12:00 PM

Where: Susan Shipman Environmental Learning Center - Northeast corner of the parking lot.

Please feel free to bring your lunch and join us!

This months topic: Quantifying the effects of white pox disease and bleaching in elkhorn coral in the Florida Keys from 1994-2014

 


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Dr Carolyn Belcher

Dr. Carolyn Belcher is the next Marine Fisheries Chief for the Coastal Resources Division.  Dr. Belcher has been with the state since 1996, serving first with CRD, then with the UGA Marine Extension Service, returning to CRD in 2006 where she has served as a Program Manager for Research and Surveys.  Most recently she has been Acting Chief but the position becomes permanent on May 1, 2018.


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Join us for a Brownbag Lunch and Learn Series

When: May 24, 2018 12:00 PM

Where: Susan Shipman Environmental Learning Center - Northeast corner of the parking lot.

Please feel free to bring your lunch and join us!

This months topic: What is a Salt Marsh Worth to You?

 


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First Assistant Director

Coastal Resources Division Director Doug Haymans recently announced the selection of Karl Burgess as the Division’s first Assistant Director. Karl has been with CRD since 2002, serving first as associate permit coordinator, then coordinator, and since 2007 the Program Manager for the Marsh and Shore Management Program (MSMP).   “Karl is a proven team leader and critical thinker with a vast expanse of experience dealing with constituents at all levels,” commented Haymans.  

 


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By: Ryan Harrell

When you think of fishing in coastal Georgia, the two species that most often come to mind are spotted seatrout and red drum. Locals and tourists alike flock to the sounds, abundant marshes, meandering tidal creeks, and coastal rivers to try and “hook up” with one or both of these species. Understanding the importance of the two most targeted fish along Georgia’s coast, CRD staff began the Marine Sportfish Population Health Survey (MSPHS) in 2003 to collect timely and relevant data on the abundance and habitat preferences of these fish as well as other recreationally valuable inshore/nearshore fish species. This survey allows biologists to monitor trends in sportfish populations over time. All fish collected in this survey are identified, measured, and released.

 

 

 


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Join us for a Brownbag Lunch and Learn Series

When: April 2, 2018 12:00 PM

Where: Susan Shipman Environmental Learning Center - Northeast corner of the parking lot.

Please feel free to bring your lunch and join us!

This months topic: Alternative Fuels and Energy Efficiency: Where Will Georgia Go?

 


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Join us for a Brownbag Lunch and Learn Series

When: February 27, 2018 12:00 PM

Where: Susan Shipman Environmental Learning Center - Northeast corner of the parking lot.

Please feel free to bring your lunch and join us!

This months topic: Black Gill in the Southeast Shrimp Fishery

 


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Jove Creek Oyster Reef

When General Oglethorpe and his colonists landed in Georgia, they found an abundance of wildlife unlike anything they had ever seen. Flocks of passenger pigeons blackened the sky, the forests resounded with the sounds of ivory-billed woodpeckers, and the shorelines of Georgia’s tidal waterways were covered with living oyster reefs. We know the fate of the passenger pigeons and ivory-billed woodpeckers, but fortunately, oysters have endured to modern times albeit in much lower abundance due to disease, loss of habitat and overharvest. Today, efforts are underway to rebuild Georgia’s oyster populations to historic levels.


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New Artificial Reef BSF off Tybee

The Coastal Resources Division (CRD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources has created a new offshore reef site in partnership with the Savannah Sport Fishing Club. Artificial Reef BSF is located four nautical miles southeast of Little Tybee Island in an area 30 feet deep at high tide.


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Congratulations to Dominic Guadagnoli

At the DNR Board meeting held on St. Simons this past Friday, Dominic was awarded the Patriot Award, which is given by the Department of Defense through the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Program.


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 Re-opens Shellfish Harvest in State Waters

Georgia’s territorial waters will re-open to commercial and recreational shellfish harvest effective 6:00 A.M., Saturday, September 30, 2017. GA DNR Commissioner Mark Williams closed shellfish harvest in state waters September 9th in anticipation of the expected impact from Hurricane Irma and in the interest of protecting public health.


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