May 2016 - UGA Marine Extension
and Georgia Sea Grant Newsletter
Volume 2 | Issue 4
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Ribbon cutting, education activities draw a crowd to UGA Aquarium for World Oceans Day

Skidaway Island, Georgia – As about 60 children and adults looked on, the University of Georgia Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant officially dedicated a covered pavilion at the UGA Aquarium on Skidaway Island on Juny 8.

The pavilion was made possible by a gift from Gus Arrendale III and Springer Mountain Farms, which paid for construction materials for the pavilion. Volunteers from The Landings residential community on Skidaway Island, who call themselves the Barn Builders, constructed the facility...more.

UGA Aquarium depends on volunteers, like Ruth McMullin, to fulfill its mission

Skidaway Island, Georgia –
 For the past 18 years, since she moved to Savannah from Boston in 1997, Ruth McMullin has volunteered at the aquarium and marine education center on Skidaway Island. She first visited the aquarium to learn more about the Georgia coast. While there, she noticed they sometimes had multiple large groups visit the aquarium at one time and needed help herding school groups and summer camp participants...more.

UGA Marine Extension Brunswick Station hosts economic developers

Brunswick, Georgia – UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant hosted the Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA) at its facility to learn about the economic importance of Georgia's coast and how the university is helping to support coastal communities...more.

UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant launch EcoScapes website 

Brunswick, Georgia – With gardening season in full bloom, UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant are launching the EcoScapes website, dedicated to the promotion of sustainable landscaping and land-use development practices. This new website is the cornerstone of the EcoScapes Sustainable Land Use Program, which encourages responsible stewardship of Georgia's natural resources...more.  

Summer camps underway at Skidaway Island

Skidaway Island, Georgia – UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant summer camps kicked off in early June with Sea Camp. Camps are held at the UGA Aquarium and Marine Education Center and run from June to August. UGA has been offering science-based day camps every summer since 1993 on Skidaway Island. Camps provide children ages 6-15 with the opportunity to learn about the Georgia coast, marine science, coastal ecology and stewardship...more.  

UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant welcome new stormwater specialist in Brunswick

Brunswick, Georgia – Jessica Brown is UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant's new stormwater specialist in Brunswick. In her role, Brown would like to see the stormwater program grow, especially on the coast, and become a local and statewide resource for sound science and engineering solutions...more.

Seafood training helps Georgia food companies stay in business

Forest Park, Georgia – Fourteen employees from nine seafood wholesalers attended a seafood Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) course sponsored by UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant. HACCP is a preventive system of controlling food safety hazards which is mandated for seafood processors...more.




Summer is here and while much of the university and especially Athens seems to get a lot less hectic, it remains a busy time for those of us in Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant.

Summer camps and teacher workshops are in full swing at the Marine Education Center and aquarium, the shellfish lab is in the midst of spawning and setting oysters, and the Marine Extension Center in Brunswick is involved in numerous efforts with researchers on summer break from classes doing everything from turtling on-board the R/V Bulldog to working with local governments and contractors on resilience, sustainable development and water quality efforts...more.





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UGA Marine Extension & Georgia Sea Grant


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Georgia Sea Grant


UGA Marine Extension
Georgia Sea Grant

The University of Georgia Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant are state and federal partners dedicated to conducting research, education and outreach to enhance coastal environmental, social and economic sustainability.

As units of the Office of Public Service and Outreach, we help improve public resource policy, encourage far-sighted economic and fisheries decisions, anticipate vulnerabilities to change and educate citizens to be wise stewards of the coastal environment.