Citizen Advisory Groups
Marine Fisheries Advisory Council (MFAC)
The Marine Fisheries Advisory Council (MFAC) was created in 2006 through the merger of two longstanding public advisory groups, the Coastal Fisheries Advisory Commission (CFAC) established by the Commissioner of Natural Resources in 1974, and the Saltwater Advisory Council that grew out of a Saltwater License Advisory Committee that operated in the early 1990’s. The purpose of the MFAC is to enhance communications between the Department of Natural Resources and the various public sectors that utilize Georgia's common property marine fisheries resources. The MFAC, and its predecessor groups has proved to be a very effective body for receiving public input on all aspects of marine fisheries management, particularly those issues of a controversial nature
Membership in the MFAC is comprised of persons representative of charter and private sportfishing, commercial fishing, processing/packaging, and non-consumptive estuarine and marine fisheries interests. Membership is evenly distributed geographically. The Council establishes advisory sub-groups composed of persons highly experienced in specific topics as necessary. Coastal Resources Division staff provides administrative support and coordination. To see a current membership roster click here.
Blue Crab Advisory Panel
This subcommittee of the MFAC addresses issues related to commercial and recreational fishing for blue crab.
Currently the Blue Crab Advisory Panel has a recreational crab fisherman seat available.
For more information about the Blue Crab Advisory Panel contact Carolyn Belcher 912-264-7218
Shrimp Advisory Panel
This subcommittee of the MFAC addresses issues related to commercial and recreational fishing for shrimp.
Current membership roster (PDF 34KB)
Finfish Advisory Panel
This subcommittee of the MFAC addresses issues related to commercial and recreational fishing for finfish.
April 2016 Meeting Summary (PDF 123 KB)
The following positions are currently vacant:
1 Commercial finfish
1 Independent scientist (non-DNR)
For more information on the Finfish Advisory Panel contact Kathy Knowlton 912-264-7218.