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
CCA Georgia and Georgia DNR’s Coastal Resources Division
have identified these four important habitat initiatives for 2016
We’re about halfway to our goal of $50,ooo to fund these projects!
Please feel free to browse our web site. Take a look at our photo album! Join CCA GA and be directly involved in shaping the important issues that keep our costal resources strong, safe and vibrant. Your membership helps us continue to be an active and vital part of the community. Some of our recent projects include…
- Operation R.O.E.
- Oyster reef restoration
- Fish habitat enhancement
- Educational kids’ fishing derbies
- Offshore reef program
- Advocacy; passage of HB 869
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Atlanta Chapter to Hold Banquet at Sweetwater Brewery on Thursday, August 27, 2015.
This year’s banquet will be held on Thursday, August 27th at the Sweetwater Brewery. Catering will be provided by Smoke Ring, known throughout the Atlanta area for serving some of the best BBQ in Georgia. Of course, the beer will be provided by the Sweetwater Brewery, and it’s a bottomless cup!
We are limiting our capacity to 190 people, and we expect to sell out, so by your tickets early! Buy a corporate table by calling the State Office at 912-927-0280. We are not selling single and couple tickets this year.
For photos of previous banquets, visit the photo gallery.
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President: Joe Tyson
Secretary: Paul Kruger
Chapter Treasurer: Pete Calder
Banquet Treasurer: Bill Schwickrath
Membership Chair: Pat Brooks
Conservation & Habitat Chair: Hal Evans
Government Chair: (open)
Special Projects/Chapter Fundraising: Chuck Smith
Board of Directors
Membership Co-Chair – (open)
Publicity – Maryce Cunningham
Banquet Chair – Tom Rood
Electro-Fishing/Seining- Rich Hackett
St. Bd- Advocacy Chair-(open)
Chapter Meeting Chair – Vic Vaccaro
Meeting Raffles/Fishing Clinics- Stan Fater
Kids Fishing Program Chair – Tom Rood
State Bd-Mgmt Committee Chair – John Duren
Rep. to Fishery Management Subcommittee – Hal Evans
Fish Stocking- Dave Devore
Lagoon Structures- Hal Evans
Volunteers- Chuck Smith
TLA/Lagoon Liaison- Sean Burgess
Lagoon Guides and Hats-Chuck Smith
St. Conserv. Habitat Committee- Joe Tyson
Chapter Communications- Linda McCusker
Marina Committee Laiaison w/ CCA-(open)
Unauthorized Lagoon Fishing- Jack Schwind