Title 12, Chapter 5, Section 210
(a) The department shall study and develop plans, proposals,
reports, and recommendations for the development and utilization of
the coastal and offshore lands, waters, and resources of this state.
(b) The department may delegate to its officers, agents, and
employees such powers and duties as it may deem proper to carry out
the purposes of this part.
(c) The department may contract with any department, board, or
agency of the state, local, or federal government; the University
System of Georgia or any of its component units; other public or
private colleges and universities; nonprofit organizations;
foundations; corporations; private business firms; and individuals,
as shall be consonant with all the purposes of this part.