Georgia Wildlife Resources Division
2070 U.S. Hwy. 278, SE, Social Circle, GA 30025
In an effort to negate the impacts on native fish populations, existing Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division fisheries staff (Waycross office) began aggressive removals via electrofishing in 1996. Despite these removal efforts, the number and size of flathead catfish per hour of electrofishing continued to increase.
In 2006, the Georgia legislature appropriated funding for three new positions with the Division. These personnel were assigned the task of reducing flathead catfish population levels through direct removal while searching for long-term population control. This new crew hit the river running in April 2007. Due to budget issues, staff was reduced to two full-time positions during the summer of 2008. Thankfully, in the past four years, 58 volunteers supplied 491 volunteer hours towards the removal project. The crew continues to aggressively search for a combination of methods to reduce the dominance or even eliminate the flathead catfish from the Satilla.
The Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources/Wildlife Resources Division (WRD), Satilla Riverkeeper and the Georgia Wildlife Federation have all been instrumental in the development of this project and will continue to work closely on this issue