May 2016 - UGA Marine Extension
and Georgia Sea Grant Newsletter
Volume 2 | Issue 4
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UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant sponsor fourth annual Jekyll Island Green Screen

Jekyll Island, Georgia – UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant played a prominent role as co-sponsors and participants in the fourth annual Jekyll Island Green Screen, which was attended by more than 200 people this year.

This free film event opened with environmental documentary, “The Forgotten Coast: Return to Wild Florida,” in which three friends leave civilization and explore the vastly unknown wildlife corridor from the Everglades to the Florida-Alabama border. The opening film was followed by light hors d’oeuvres and a coastal research showcase, in which researchers and environmental professionals shared their work with an informal poster session. ...More

UGA Marine Extension and Warnell School select Brian Crawford as 2016 E.L. Cheatum Award recipient

Atlanta, Georgia –
 Brian Crawford has been selected to receive the 2016 E.L. Cheatum Award for his research on the diamondback terrapin, a marsh-dwelling turtle species now threatened by habitat destruction and sea level rise. Using Jekyll Island as a model, Crawford worked with multiple stakeholder groups to identify best solutions to a pervasive problem in Georgia: mortality of terrapins on busy highways each summer. ...More

Knauss Fellowship alumni feature: Ben Carswell, 2011 Knauss fellow

Jekyll Island, Georgia – 
The sun is setting over Jekyll Island, and Ben Carswell is making his way back to the island from a standup paddleboard offshore, his favorite way to unwind after work. From where he stands, Carswell can see from one end of the eight-mile-long island to the other, the island that he calls home and cares to protect. He is passionate about preserving the beauty of this area for future generations. ...More

Oyster bagging event held for living shoreline on Tybee Island

Tybee Island, Georgia – On Saturday, April 9, UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant held a volunteer bagging event with the Burton 4-H Center to help with finalizing the living shoreline on Tybee Island. Nearly 50 volunteers showed up and placed shelled oysters into almost 3,000 marine-safe plastic bags, about a third of the bags needed to complete a living shoreline. ...More  

Katy Smith recognized for service to community and efforts in conservation

Saint Simon's Island, Georgia – Katy Smith was recently recognized for her “Dedicated Service to Community” by the Fort Frederica Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), of which Smith is a member. An NSDAR Certificate of Award and Challenge Coin were presented to each of three recipients on April 7. ...More  

R/V Georgia Bulldog featured at Darien Blessing of the Fleet Festival

Darien, Georgia –
 The R/V Georgia Bulldog and her crew kept busy during this year’s Darien Blessing of the Fleet festival. Over 1500 festivalgoers came aboard the research vessel on the first full day of the event. Marty Higgins, Truck McIver, Lisa Gentit and Bryan Fluech educated guests about shrimping in Georgia and UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant’s efforts to support the industry. ...More


May 7
Brunswick Blessing of the Fleet Festival

May 16
Maintaining a Native Landscape Workshop (Brunswick, GA)

May 19
Georgia Economic Developers Association visit Brunswick Station

May 21
First Annual Golden Isles PREP Rally (Brunswick, GA) 

May 21
Scope Studies: Plankton and Dock Organisms (Savannah, GA)

May 25
Seafood HACCP Course: Segment Two (Atlanta, GA)

For details, check our Events calendar.



I am writing this month’s directors column on a beautiful afternoon at our Aquarium on Skidaway Island. There are at least two school groups and lots of public visitors here and all the spirited children and families running around really make me smile. It reminds me how lucky we are to have this facility as part of our University system and how important our educational efforts are to coastal Georgia. 

I was able to visit our oyster hatchery this morning and am pleased that this year’s oyster spawning efforts are proceeding well. Tom Bliss and his staff estimate that we have almost two million oyster spat started in the hatchery and the natural spawning season has not even started yet. Let's hope that the summer proceeds as well and that we are able to supply Georgia growers with even more spat than we did last year.  ...More


A Year in the Life of a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow

By Natalie McLenaghan

This April marks the sixth anniversary of the tragic explosion of the Deepwater Horizon MC252 drilling platform in 2010, which released millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and resulted in devastating impacts to wildlife and coastal habitats. During my year as a 2015 Knauss Marine Policy Fellow, I assisted with restoration planning for the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) process mandated through the Oil Pollution Act. ...More


Georgia Shore Program for K-12 Teachers and Grad Students
Applications are now open for the Georgia Shore Program, our intensive two-week summer residential program for K-12 teachers and graduate students, that will take place on June 5-19, 2016. ...More



Whether you volunteer at an oyster-bagging or marsh cleanup event or make a financial contribution, your involvement makes a difference in our efforts.

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UGA Marine Extension & Georgia Sea Grant


UGA Marine Extension
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.