The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has been struggling with mapping abandoned and derelict vessels for several years. Based on recent estimates, there are as many as 100 sunken vessels along the coast of Georgia that are potential hazards for boaters. On the state's tidal water bottoms, 65 abandoned or derelict vessels have been identified as nonhistoric wrecks (vessels that have no significant historical value). These vessels include shrimp boats, abandoned recreational vessels, barges, and cranes. Recently, DNR's Coastal Resources Division began the task of locating, documenting, and cataloging these nonhistoric wrecks with GIS.
The division is also leading the public information effort in Georgia to make citizens aware of these vessels' locations via its Web site ( www.gadnr.org). The GIS interface on the site will serve as a conduit between survey data from the field and stakeholders interested in the survey results. The Web site will be regularly updated to keep the boating public informed of these coastal hazards to minimize the risk of collision and injury.