Coastal Resources Gains 2 New Leaders; They Are Veterans in the Georgia Department of Natural Resources

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Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI

BRUNSWICK - Pat Geer and Doug Haymans will go to work at the same old building, but beginning today each has a new job and new responsibilities overseeing Coastal Georgia's natural resources.

Both Georgia Department of Natural Resources veterans have been promoted to the leadership positions with its Coastal Resources Division in Brunswick.

Geer becomes chief of marine fisheries for the division. He succeeds Spud Woodward, who was appointed CRD director on Dec. 1.

He will oversee daily operations of DNR's Marine Fisheries Section, which includes marine scientists and technicians along with research vessel captains. The section is responsible for marine life, and saltwater fishermen surveys; collecting seafood harvest statistics, building fish habitat, and improving boating and fishing access along the coast.

Geer shares the same philosophy as Woodward and former CRD director Susan Shipman, who hired Geer eight years ago this month.

"My goal is to maintain the highest level of accountability to our constituents with sound science and decision making," Geer said.

Geer has served as the division's Research and Program manager since 2005. During that time, he "worked hard to establish new scientific surveys so DNR has better information on which to base conservation policy," Woodward said. …

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