CCA GA Sponsors HB736 for Habitat Improvements

At last week’s beginning session of the 2016 Georgia legislative session, CCA GA was instrumental in getting a new bill introduced for a coastal tag to support habitat improvements along the Georgia coast. DNR Commissioner- Mark Williams and Spud Woodward- Director of CRD (pictured above) were there at the Capitol when HB 736 was put forward as a simple amendment to the Official Code of Georgia adding a short subsection to create this new tag. Similar to other wildlife tags, the cost of the tag at the local county tag office would be just $25, with $19 paid to a restricted fund administered by the Coastal Resources Division (CRD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), $1 paid to the local tag-issuing authority, and $5 to the General Fund. As with other wildlife tags, renewals will be $25, with $20 paid to the CRD restricted fund, and $5 to the state treasury. This restricted fund to be administered by CRD would be used exclusively for projects to restore and enhance marine habitats through oyster reef creation, construction of man-made reefs along the shorelines of tidal rivers and creeks, as well as construction of offshore reefs in the Atlantic Ocean. None of the restricted funds will be used for administrative, overhead or salary costs. Stay tuned as we may need your support to help us get this bill passed into law as it move through the process over the next 40 days.

$18,500 Check Delivered to DNR/CRD

IMG_0168-002At last week’s “Sportsman’s Day at the Capitol” CCA GA’s Chair- Tom Rood (far left) and CCA GA Gov’t Relations- Brooks Schoen (far right) present check for $18,500 to DNR Commissioner- Mark Williams and CRD Director- Spud Woodward for our first of four Habitat Conservation projects- the Savannah Reef Enhancement- We are planning on raising an additional $15,000 in 2016 to fund the remaining projects we’ve chosen to improve Georgia’s coastal habitat. (See our previous article on this and click on the donate button to show us your support.)

Buy Tickets! 2016 Sapelo Oyster Roast & Membership Appreciation Event

2016 Sapelo Oyster Roast & Membership Appreciation Event-

  Saturday, February 20th, 6:00 PM
  Delta Plantation Clubhouse on Harris Neck

For detailed information on any of our fundraising banquets, please contact the CCA GA state office at 1-912-927-0280 or send an email to Stephanie Barkley – sbarkley@ccaga.org

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2016 Sapelo Oyster Roast Tickets



Each chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association Georgia sponsors an annual fundraising banquet. While these banquets vary by chapter… some banquets may feature a sit down dinner with crystal and linen, while other banquets may feature home cooked barbeque or a low country shrimp boil.  One thing, though, is for certain: you will have a fantastic time, meet new friends, and chances are, will go home with some very unique prizes!  CCA Georgia’s banquets include raffles, silent auctions and live auctions. Auction items typically include everything from name brand sunglasses to rods and reels to exotic trips to Europe, South America, the Caribbean and Africa. Bring along your spouse and friends and be prepared for a fun filled evening!  See you at the next banquet!

CCA Georgia Banquets

Each chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association Georgia sponsors an annual fundraising banquet. While these banquets vary by chapter (some banquets may feature a sit down dinner with crystal and linen, while other banquets may feature home cooked barbeque or a low country shrimp boil), one thing, is certain; you will have a fantastic time, meet new friends, and chances are, will go home with some very unique prizes!  

CCA Georgia’s banquets include raffles, silent auctions and live auctions. Auction items typically include everything from name brand sunglasses to rods and reels to exotic trips to Europe, South America, the Caribbean and Africa. Bring along your spouse and friends and be prepared for a fun filled evening!  See you at the next banquet!

For detailed information on any of our fundraising banquets, please contact the CCA GA state office at 1-912-927-0280 or send an email to Stephanie Barkley – sbarkley@ccaga.org

Group Creek Artificial Reef

ENCHANCEMENT OF THE TROUP CREEK INSHORE ARTIFICIAL REEF IN GLYNN COUNTY, SAINT SIMONS ESTUARY

Concrete/PVC attractors will be placed inside steel drum frames and deployed on the reef to resurrect the original reef, much of which has been

GADNR Board Approves Minimum-Size Regulation Increase for Spotted Seatrout

Brunswick, GA (December 16, 2015) – Georgia Department of Natural Resources Commissioner, Mark Williams has announced that during the October 2015 meeting, the Board of Natural Resources approved an increase in the minimum-size limit for spotted seatrout from 13 inches to 14 inches, total length with an effective date of January 1, 2016. The vote was taken after considering public comment provided through two public hearings and email.   In 2012, the Finfish Advisory Panel (FAP) was created to advise DNR on saltwater finfish management. Membership includes a commercial fisherman, saltwater fishing guides and anglers from the coastal area and inland. The FAP members met with DNR staff over the past three years learning about the biology, population trends, and management goals for spotted seatrout.   A majority of the FAP members, in concurrence with DNR staff, recommended that the Board of Natural Resources consider changing Georgia’s saltwater fishing regulations to increase the spotted seatrout minimum size.   Each year, thousands of anglers take to Georgia’s coastal waters in search of spotted seatrout, or speckled trout as they are known to many. The popularity of the species stems from its tenacious fight when hooked, superb quality as table fare, and accessibility to anglers fishing from shore and boat. However, this popularity makes the species vulnerable to overharvest so there are harvest regulations for spotted seatrout to ensure that adequate numbers of juvenile fish, especially females, reach adulthood and spawn at the level necessary to perpetuate the species. Each year, Georgia Department of Natural Resources biologists monitor spotted seatrout populations through surveys of angler catches and direct sampling with specialized nets to provide a solid foundation of science-based information on the status of the species.   More information on the spotted seatrout minimum-size change regulation is available on the DNR web site at:   CoastalGaDNR.org/Trout