The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council had planned to eliminate bottom-fishing in a nearly 5,000 sq. mi. area of the Atlantic coast, including Georgia. But they have dropped those plans after hearing from fishermen who said that they would be hurt and scientists who said that a bottom-fishing ban was not needed to keep the species healthy.
Georgia's annual alligator hunt could be restricted or expanded based on where the animals live. For the first time, state wildlife officials say, they want to split the annual hunt quota into zones. The total number of alligators taken could go up from 700 to 850.
Georgia environmental groups are praising a decision by the Obama administration to reverse itself on offshore oil. Back in March, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the administration would open up the East Coast to offshore drilling. Now -- after the Gulf oil spill -- Salazar says, the administration will NOT persue Atlantic oil.
This year's hurricane season ended without a major storm hitting the United States. Although Haiti and Central America were hit with major storms, the lack of media attention these disasters received leaves some emergency managers worrying about complacency. After all, forecasters predicted a busy tropical season.
Budget cuts in education are getting a lot of attention in this year's gubernatorial race, but a lot of smaller state agencies also are dealing with budget cuts. For instance, the Coastal Resources Division has cut its budget over the past two years by 52%. That's the most of any division within the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
State biologists want coastal planners to know exactly what's on the coast before development picks up. Two researchers working for the Department of Natural Resources are creating a map of the coast's natural habitats. The map's detail goes beyond anything seen before -- down to fractions of acres.
Environment Georgia reported that beach closings and advisories due to pollution went up the last year in Georgia, totaling 209 days of closed or under advisory beaches. The numbers are according to the Natural Resource Defense Council's 20th annual beach water quality report.