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Governor Perdue Announces Additional Sites for Go Fish Georgia Facilities
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ATLANTA -- Friday, Gov. Sonny Perdue announced the selection of eight additional facilities for the Go Fish Georgia Program.  The additional ramp sites bring the total up to 18 funded by the program.
Sites added:
• Lock and Dam Park, Coosa River/Lake Weiss- Floyd  County
• Tuckasee King,  Savannah River, Effingham  County
• Altamaha  Park, Altamaha  River, Glynn County
• Houlahan  Bridge Boat Ramp, Savannah River, city of Port  Wentworth
• George  Bagby State  Park, Lake Walter F. George, Clay County        
• Burton's  Ferry Boat Landing, Savannah River,  Screven County
• Reynolds Landing, Lake Seminole, Seminole County  
• Buckeye Landing, Oconee River, Laurens County
The Go Fish Georgia program promotes and enhances boating and fishing tourism to boost economic development in communities across the state. The initiative aims to improve fisheries statewide, including family friendly fishing and recreation access points that will get more people out fishing.
The program also consists of a Go Fish Georgia Center to be built on 120 acres on the south side of the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter. It will include a visitor's center, an on-site fishing lake and a warm water hatchery.
Fishing contributes approximately $1.5 billion to Georgia's economy each year.  DNR estimates more than 10,000 jobs in Georgia are related to sport fishing, which generates $15 million in state income taxes, and $19 million in state sales taxes. A major bass fishing tournament can have as much as a $5 million economic impact on a local community. A championship event can have a $27 million economic impact.
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