Welcome to Georgia’s Coastal Resources Division Website
Coastal Georgia is a region rich in history, beauty, mystery and natural wonders. Cultures have mixed here for ages, just as the rivers mix with the sea. With its large tidal ranges, vast salt marshes and picturesque barrier islands, coastal Georgia has drawn people throughout history.
The Coastal Resources Division is the state agency entrusted to manage Georgia's coastal marshes, beaches, waters, and marine fisheries resources for the benefit of present and future generations. The Division's service area extends from the inland reach of the tidal waters to three miles offshore.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GADNR) recently partnered with Coastal Conservation Association-GA (CCAGA) to complete an oyster restoration project on Oatland Island, Richardson Creek in Savannah. The site is located in an area adjacent to the Oatland Island Wildlife Center nature trail.
With average rain fall amounts near 50 inches per year, coastal Georgia has a huge potential for harvesting rainwater, which would take some pressure off the drinking water supply. Recently, staff of the Georgia Coastal Management Program (GCMP) at the Georgia DNR (GADNR)/Coastal Resources Division has been working on projects that harvest and re-use rainwater. What is rainwater harvesting? Simply put, a rainwater harvesting system collects water from a roof piped to a storage tank where it can be used for a variety of purposes. Designs range from a single rain barrel at the bottom of a downspout for watering a garden to large cistern systems that can provide thousands of gallons of storage capacity. Based on average annual rainfall amounts in coastal Georgia, over 30,000 gallons of water can be captured annually from a small 1,000 square foot roof area. That’s a lot of water!
Anyone with a valid Georgia fishing license, including lifetime and senior license holders, who wants to fish in saltwater after February 28th needs a FREE, annual Saltwater Information Program (SIP) permit. The SIP permit is part of a comprehensive effort by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to collect timely and accurate data from saltwater anglers for use in resource management. Current SIP permits expire on February 28, 2014. New permits are available starting March 1, 2014 and will be valid until the end of February 2015.
Commissioner Mark Williams has announced that Georgia's food shrimp harvest season will close at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31, 2013. This closure affects all food shrimp harvesting activities, including commercial trawling, commercial and recreational food shrimp cast netting, and shrimp seining on the beaches. Anglers and commercial bait shrimp dealers can still harvest shrimp for use as bait. Food shrimp season automatically closes on December 31 unless extended by action of the Commissioner of Natural Resources.
This serves as notification from the Coastal Marshlands Protection Committee and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources of a request from Sterling Links Holdings, LLC for a Coastal Marshlands Protection Act (CMPA) Permit under O.C.G.A. 12-5-280 et. seq. for the construction and maintenance of a kayak
launch on Sterling Creek in Richmond Hill, Bryan County, Georgia. The proposed project is less than 1/10 of an acre; therefore, considered a minor alteration of coastal marshlands under O.C. G.A. 12-5-280 et. seq.
This serves as notification from the Coastal Marshlands Protection Committee and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources of a request from Savannah Bulk Terminal, L.L.C. for a Coastal Marshlands Protection Act (CMPA) permit under Official Code of Georgia (O.C.G.A.) 12-5-280 et seq., to modify an existing commercial wharf located on the Savannah River, Chatham County, Georgia. The proposed project is under 1/10 of an acre, and therefore may be considered a minor alteration of coastal marshlands under O.C.G.A. 12-5-280 et. seq.
This serves as a notification from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources of the issuance of a Letter of Permission (LOP) to Jimmy Harper for the removal of two sunken and derelict sailing vessels from the marsh adjacent to 308 Wilminton Island Road.
This serves as a notification from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources of the issuance of a Letter of Permission (LOP) to Savannah Yacht Club for the D-12 Laser Championship to be held on June 7 and 8, 2014.
This serves as a notification from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources of the issuance of a Letter of Permission (LOP) to Savannah Yacht Club for the Firecracker Regatta to be held on July 12 and July 13, 2014.
This serves as a notification from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources of the issuance of a Letter of Permission (LOP) to Sea Island Acquisition, LLC for temporary activities related to the placement of a concession stand at the Sea Island Beach Club, Sea Island Glynn County, Georgia. Work should begin no sooner than 15 days from the issuance of the Letter of Permission and be completed no later than 6 months from the letter.