May 2015 - UGA Marine Extension
and Georgia Sea Grant Newsletter
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Donor, volunteers make wish come true for UGA Aquarium
Pavilion to be built on Skidaway Island

Savannah, Ga. – Thanks to a private gift from Springer Mountain Farms and its president, UGA alumnus Gus Arrendale, UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium on Skidaway Island will soon have an outdoor pavilion. The Barn Builders will provide free labor. ... more

Who's afraid of a little Jekyll marsh mud? Not this clean-up crew!

Jekyll Island, Ga. – Seventeen volunteers helped cleanup and restore a riverside section of marsh on Jekyll Island on April 11. ... more

EcoFair shows how the choices we make can affect our environment

Brunswick, Ga. –
Poly, a loggerhead sea turtle made from foam to-go containers, was one of the highlights of the EcoFair recently held at Glynn Place Mall. EcoFair was hosted by Green Scene of Coastal Georgia. ... more

Sixth-graders learn how marine debris impacts our water quality

St. Simons Island, Ga. Twenty-eight sixth-graders learned about marine debris and ecology recently, when Katy Smith of UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant visited Frederica Academy. ... more

Did you miss the boat?
Bulldog crew offer tours at coastal festivals

Darien, Ga. Capt. Lindsey Parker and the crew of the R/V Georgia Bulldog docked at Darien's Blessing of the Fleet last month, and offered tours to festivalgoers. If you missed it, there are more opportunities to come aboard. ... more

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Next month: Science on the half-shell

Georgia's once world-renowned oyster industry is poised for a sweet comeback when UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant launch the state's first oyster hatchery at the Shellfish Research Laboratory on Skidaway Island.


May 1-3
Tour the R/V Georgia Bulldog at the Isles of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, Fernandina Beach, Fla.

May 1
Green Eggs and Sand Workshop, Savannah. (This class is full.)

May 9
Take a Behind-the-Scenes Aquarium Tour, Savannah.

May 9-10
Join us on the R/V Georgia Bulldog at the 77th Annual Blessing of the Fleet, Brunswick.

May 12
Sign up to learn about seafood safety at Segment 2 HACCP Training, Atlanta.
May 30

Learn how to document butterflies at Monarch monitor training, Brunswick.

For details and more events, check our Events calendar.


Mona Behl has joined our team as the new Associate Director at Georgia Sea Grant. ...more

Lisa Liguori, Assistant Director at the Brunswick Station, recently was honored as CASA's Volunteer of the Year for her child advocacy work. ...more

Georgia Sea Grant Marine Education Intern Cara Lin (left) will enter the Doctoral program at Georgia Tech this fall, for a Ph.D. in Biology. Intern Maeve Snyder will be pursuing a M.S. in Biological Sciences at the University of South Carolina.

Congratulations to Marty Higgins for 30 years of service to UGA Marine Extension.



NOAA: Special Projects Funding Announcement
(due June 15)


The University of Georgia Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant are a state and federal partnership 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.



We need your support to help us continue our outreach work in coastal Georgia and throughout the state. Whether you volunteer at an oyster-bagging or marsh cleanup event, or make a financial contribution, your involvement makes a difference in our efforts to address environmental, social and economic sustainability. Help us extend our reach. We appreciate your generosity.



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