Memorandum on research access to Sapelo
The University of Georgia Marine Institute, Sapelo Island, Ga, 31327
In cooperation with the:
Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Wildlife Resources Division
Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve (SINERR)
Box 15, Sapelo Island, Ga. 31327
Lonice C. Barrett, Commissioner
David Waller, Director
PH (912) 485-2251
FAX (912) 485-2141
1 December 1998
TO: All researchers conducting studies on SINERR and Natural Areas of Sapelo
FROM: Dorset Hurley / Jon Garbisch
RE: Procedure for requesting research access
The ever-increasing demand of research activities
on and around Sapelo Island have reached a point where utilization conflicts
are occurring. To eliminate this problem, the Department of Natural Resources
and the University of Georgia Marine Institute will now require advance
notice from researchers of their desire to conduct studies on the island
and its surrounding marshes and waterways. This requirement is solely for
the purpose of ensuring optimum utilization of research areas and support
facilities while ameliorating potential user conflicts. It is in no way
intended to judge the importance or validity of the proposed research.
An application of intent must be submitted and
approved before research can be conducted. This application should be submitted
and approval received before grant applications are processed to ensure
that research sites and facilities will be available to the researchers
if funding is forthcoming. Applications of intent to conduct research on
Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve and associated state properties
should be submitted in the format described below. These proposals and all
subsequent results will be added to a central data base for future reference.
This data base will serve as a tool toward development of better communication
and coordination efforts among agencies and principle investigators, in
addition to reducing user conflicts associated with geographically over-lapping
studies. All potential researchers are encouraged to obtain a complete copy
of this data base prior to developing an experimental design associated
with a particular site or habitat on Sapelo Island. Copies of the data base
can be acquired by contacting either the Department of Natural Resources
on Sapelo Island or The University of Georgia Marine Institute.
The following information is required by DNR
(SINERR) and the UGA - Marine Institute for authorization to conduct
research on Sapelo Island
1) A short description of the proposed research including:
a. Principal investigators and associated academic or private affiliations.
b. Primary objectives with associated, itemized deadlines.
c. Specific geographical location.
d. Logistical and infrastructure support needed from one of the aforementioned
e. Scientific equipment to be left in situ for prolonged periods
f. Potential detrimental environmental effects of the study
2) Upon authorization for conducting research:
a. Prior to initiation of the study, a preliminary proposal of the work
is to be submitted to the Department of Natural Resources (located at
the Long Tabby office on Sapelo Island) and the University of Georgia
Marine Institute which will allow for more complete interagency support.
b. Summary reports describing results are expected annually and upon completion
of the study.
c. If major changes in your experimental design occur i.e. location, scheduling,
or support needs, the primary agency of correspondence must be advised
We are pleased that you have considered Sapelo Island as a location to conduct
your study and encourage contacting us for any support service or information
we may be able to provide.
Sapelo Island NERR
P. O. Box 15
Sapelo Island , Georgia 31327
PH (912) 485 2251
FAX (912) 485 2151
William L. "Bill" Miller Jr., Ph.D.
Director of the Marine Institute and
Associate Directorof the School of Marine Programs.
248 Marine Sciences Bldg.
Department of Marine Sciences,
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-3636
cc: Bob Monroe
Dr. Jim Alberts
Dr. Stuart Stevens
Dr. Bob Hodson