Brunswick American Legion honors Golden Ray rescue crews
There was a heartfelt salute Thursday night to members of the Glynn County Fire Department, the Tow Pilots Association, Georgia Department of Natural Resources and others — for all their efforts in the early hours of the Golden Ray cargo ship capsizing in the St. Simons Sound.
Roaming exotic cat caught, but owner won't get it back
An exotic cat that was roaming parts of Atlanta has been captured, but the owner is being forced to give up her pet because it's illegal to keep such cats as pets in Georgia. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources said Thursday that a serval, a species native to Africa, had been taken to a holding facility until it could be relocated to a wildlife sanctuary. The owner, Anna Fyfe, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution she moved to Georgia from South Carolina where it's legal to keep a serval as a pet.news.yahoo.com
Federal COVID-19 financial aid available for Georgia commercial fishing businesses
BRUNSWICK, Ga. – Participants in Georgia’s marine fisheries industry have until Thursday to apply for federal COVID-relief aid. Congress in March appropriated nearly $2 million to supplement Georgia’s marine industry’s' pandemic-related revenue losses and applications must be postmarked by Thursday, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources reminded the public Friday. Incomplete applications will be returned via certified mail and applicants will have 15 days from receipt to complete the application and return it. Any applicant deemed ineligible will have 15 days to appeal. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission will be the grantee and will distribute the funds based on Georgia’s spending plan.
Golden Ray to be disassembled in place
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - The Golden Ray will be disassembled in place after maritime experts have determined it is not possible to safely right and refloat the vessel in a fully intact condition, according to a news release from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. On Saturday, Unified Command announced they are developing plans to remove all of the M/V Golden Ray's hull, components and cargo in an incident response update. The Unified Command is continuing pollution mitigation throughout the duration of the removal operation. It has completed the lightening of the forward fuel oil tanks onboard the Golden Ray, according to the release. Specialists from the Unified Command are conducting water monitoring at 22 sites under a long-term plan.
Scientists say 21 beached whales in Georgia, SC are from same pod
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Scientists say they have linked four pilot whales found dead on the coast of South Carolina with 17 whales of the same species that died days earlier after beaching themselves in Georgia. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources said in a news release Monday that photographs of dorsal fins confirmed the 21 dead whales belonged to the same pod. Four more dead whales were found Saturday on and near Edisto Beach, South Carolina - about 80 miles (128 kilometers) from the stranding site in Georgia. The Navy confirmed that sonar was not the cause of the beached whales near St. Catherines Island last week. The American Cetacean Society says pilot whales are often involved in mass strandings partly due to their social nature.
Capsized cargo ship causes environmental concerns
RELATED STORY:Coast Guard rescues crew members trapped crewmembersWATCH: Sky 4 video of capsized cargo shipUNCUT: Coast Guard Sunday afternoon briefing"We also have pollution mitigation efforts in the works. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources said it's monitoring coastal environmental conditions following the capsizing of a commercial freight vessel in the St. Simons Sound early Sunday morning. The Coast Guard is preparing to deploy spill containment booms around the Golden Ray. The Coastal Resources Division of DNR will conduct water quality sampling to ensure the safety of shellfish harvesting beds and swimming beaches. Collins worries the cleanup could take weeks or even months, and with the incoming tides, he says comes the possibility of environmental pollution.
Why did whales beach themselves in Georgia? No answers yet
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Examinations of the carcasses of three pilot whales yielded no immediate answers to why they swam ashore and died on a popular beach in Georgia, state wildlife officials said Thursday. "There was no smoking gun that showed a natural cause of death or a human cause," George said. RELATED: Dozens rush to help beached whales on St. Simons Island | 3 pilot whales die after exceedingly rare' St. Simons Island strandingsPilot whales typically would be found about 100 miles from shore, George said. Pilot whales are often involved in mass strandings, partly due to their social nature, according to the American Cetacean Society. Georgia officials said at least 47 pilot whales survived the near-miss with the St. Simons Island beach.