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.

News & Public Notices

Press Release


Brunswick, Ga.
July 23, 2014

The Finfish Advisory Panel (FAP) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is currently reviewing the status of spotted seatrout in Georgia, one of the most popular species with saltwater anglers. They are seeking public input about harvest regulations through an online survey.  


Brunswick, Ga.
July 18, 2014

The Georgia Coastal Management Program's Coastal Advisory Council's 2014 annual meeting will be held on Thursday, July 31, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Susan Shipman Environmental Learning Center in Brunswick, Georgia.


Brunswick, Ga.
July 02, 2014

Brendin Page of Savannah is the newest Georgia Saltwater Gamefish Record holder after landing a 205 pound 8 ounce swordfish while fishing offshore on May 31, 2014. Page’s fish bested the previous men’s record held by W.H. Lippitt since 1980 by almost 20 pounds.



Brunswick, Ga.
July 02, 2014

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 three weekends: July 11-13 (Friday through Sunday), July 18-20 (Friday through Sunday), and July 25 & 26 (Friday and Saturday). Each angler is allowed one red snapper per day with no size restriction. 

Brunswick, Ga.
June 30, 2014

The Coastal Resources Division (CRD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources recently deployed donated concrete culvert, metal chicken transport cages, and steel structures as the latest additions to Artificial Reef SAV – located six nautical miles southeast of Tybee Island. 

Brunswick, Ga.
June 27, 2014

With summer in full swing, Georgia beaches in the Golden Isles are top destinations for visitors and residents. Jekyll Island and St Simons Island beach-goers have the opportunity to learn more about the natural wonders of the beach on Monday, June 30th when the Georgia DNR kicks off the 9th annual “Beach Week” at the Great Dunes Park parking lot near the Conference Center. Tuesday, July 1st, Beach Week travels to Tybee Island to the parking lot of the Tybee Island Marine Science Center. Wednesday, July 2nd, “Beach Week” moves to the old Coast Guard Station beach access area on St. Simons Island. 


Brunswick, Ga.
June 11, 2014

Since 1991, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources/Coastal Resources Division has hosted the Golden Isles Family Fishing Event in support of Georgia’s Free Fishing Days and National Fishing and Boating Week.  This year, the June 7th event attracted more than 100 entrants plus family and friends who enjoyed a morning of fishing and fun at the Sidney Lanier Park Fishing Pier.

Brunswick, Ga.
June 04, 2014

Shrimp BoatCommissioner Mark Williams has announced that Georgia waters will open for commercial and recreational harvest of food shrimp at 8:00 am on Tuesday, June 10, 2014.  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 16, 2014

Commissioner Mark Williams has announced that Georgia's territorial waters will close to commercial and recreational oyster harvest effective 6:00 a.m., Sunday, June 1, 2014 through midnight on Tuesday, September 30, 2014.  A similar closure occurred in 2013 to meet the requirements of Georgia's Vibrio parahaemolyticus (Vp) control plan.

Brunswick, Ga.
May 06, 2014

 The Georgia Department of Natural Resources(GADNR)  has entered an intergovernmental agreement with Glynn County to increase available parking and to make other improvements at the public boat ramps located on Blythe Island in Glynn County. In 2003, GADNR installed a boating service dock at the facility which increased its popularity with boaters and fishermen. This popularity has caused crowding in the associated parking area.


This serves as notification from the Shore Protection Committee and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources of a request from Ernestine E. Kirby for a Shore Protection Act Permit under O.C.G.A. 12-5-230 et. seq. to construct a single family residence with associated driveway, walkways, decking, and a pool at 772 Oglethorpe Road, St. Simons Island, Glynn County, Georgia. 


This serves as notification from the Shore Protection Committee and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources of a request from B.H. Levy, Jr. for a Shore Protection Act Permit under O.C.G.A. 12-5-230 et. seq. for the construction of  a single-family residence and the installation of landscaping on Lots Number One (1) and Two (2) of Beach Lot No. Forty-Eight (48), 8th Street, Tybee Island, Chatham County, Georgia. 

Public Notices

July 14, 2014

This serves as a notification from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources of the issuance of a Letter of Permission (LOP) to East Coast Terminal Associates, LTD for maintenance activities associated with the rehabilitation of an existing berth, Savannah River, Chatham County, Georgia no sooner than 15 days from the date of approval to be completed no later than 6 months from the date of approval.