The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites the public to attend two town halls this month to learn and ask questions about the results of a recent saltwater fishing satisfaction survey, with a focus particular on red drum fishing.
Town halls are scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, June 6 at Georgia Southern University, Armstrong Center Room 151, 13040 Abercorn St., Savannah, GA 31419 and 6 p.m. Thursday, June 9 at the Brunswick Library, 208 Gloucester St., Brunswick, GA 31520. Meetings will include a presentation on the survey results followed by a question-and-answer session with marine biologists and staff from MNR’s Coastal Resources Division (CRD), which commissioned the investigation.
The Brunswick meeting will also include virtual access on Zoom for those unable to attend in person. To join the Zoom meeting using a computer, smartphone or tablet, use the meeting ID 813 5514 5228 and access code 681935. For phone access, call 929-205-6099 and use the same meeting ID and access code. Virtual attendees can enter the meeting 15 minutes before the 6 p.m. start.
Formally titled “Attitudes of Georgia Saltwater Anglers and Captains Toward Saltwater Fishing Issues,” the survey included 2,026 responses from recreational saltwater anglers and 107 from saltwater charter captains. The survey aimed to determine the participation of saltwater anglers and captains in various types of sea fishing, their levels of satisfaction and their attitudes towards sea fishing regulations. It was conducted for the last times in 2017.
The survey included questions specific to four species: red drum, spotted sea trout, plaice and mutton.
Seventy-seven percent of saltwater anglers were satisfied with their saltwater fishing in Georgia in 2021, and 64% of charter captains were satisfied with shore and shore fishing.
A comparison of the 2017 and 2021 surveys shows a slight decrease in angler satisfaction related to the red drum, and following the recent satisfaction survey, the CRD is considering regulatory changes for the red drum.
The results of the survey are available by clicking here. The next two Town Halls will feature an in-depth review of the Inquiry and the CRD encourages the public to attend and learn more.
Anyone with questions about the investigation can contact CRD Public Information Officer Tyler Jones at 912-262-3140 or firstname.lastname@example.org.