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    • A Letter Seeking Anchorage Restriction Clarification

      In pursuit of some clarification regarding Georgia’s new anchoring restrictions in commercial shellfish areas, Ted Arisaka of Save Georgia’s Anchorages wrote this letter to the USACE. Thank you for sharing Ted,

       

      Dear Sir / Madam: I am a recreational boater who enjoys the coastal waters of our East Coast and in particular, the coastal waters of Georgia. I have followed with interest, the evolution of Georgia’s regulations around navigation / anchoring in their estuarine waters, starting with House Bill 201 in 2019 and replacement House Bill 833 in 2020. As a result of HB833, GA DNR has updated their definitions of no-anchoring zones as published on their website: https://gcmp.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html…

      Among the various zones, one in particular, “shellfish harvest” areas (shaded in green) have expanded dramatically between 2019 and 2020. These shellfish harvest areas are portrayed as “approved” on the GA DNR website and among the multiple requirements for approval is to receive a permit from US ACE for those areas in navigable waters. If one examines the published maps, there are many areas in navigable waters as well as established channels demarcated by Aids To Navigation by USCG and charted by NOAA. This also includes portions of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, which as you know is important not just for recreational boaters but also for commercial navigation. The reason for my email is to inquire as to the status of USACE approval of these shellfish harvest zones in navigable waterways.

      There is an updated page from Georgia DNR which references the need to obtain USACE approval prior to proceeding with mariculture.
      https://coastalgadnr.org/commercialshellfishharvest

      My FOIA request is to ascertain which Georgia waters have received USACE approval to date.

      Thanks and Regards,
      Ted Arisaka

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