FROM THE DIRECTOR
As I reflect back over this year, one of the things I am most thankful for is the support I receive from people like you who really care about Georgia’s coast. I’ve had the privilege of partnering with community leaders, coastal managers, researchers, teachers and youth who are truly dedicated to making coastal Georgia a better place to live and work.
Our faculty and staff at the Marine Education Center and Aquarium, our Shellfish Research Laboratory, the Marine Extension unit in Brunswick, the faculty and staff supporting Georgia Sea Grant and our administrative team in Athens are some of the most hard-working folks I have met. They are passionate about Georgia’s coast and the people and animals it supports.
Finally, those of you who generously give to support our programs, at the state and federal level as well as the individual level—you are all making a difference. We could not have done all of the great things we’ve achieved this year without this support, and I hope each of you feels the same satisfaction as I do in knowing that we are helping to make Georgia’s coast one of the best places to be in the world. I appreciate everything you do for us and look forward to serving you even more in the coming year. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to each and every one of you!
Dr. Mark Risse
Director, UGA Marine Extension & Georgia Sea Grant
UGA Marine Extension launches state’s first oyster hatchery
Savannah, Georgia – Big news for Georgia seafood! UGA Marine Extension is launching the state’s first oyster hatchery, which within a few short years is expected to produce oysters worth an estimated $1.6 million when harvested. This could be a game-changer for the once-thriving fishery, allowing Georgia to establish an aquaculture industry for the half-shell market and produce attractive, easy-to-open single oysters. ...More
Become a Friend of the UGA Aquarium
Athens, Georgia – Just in time for the holidays, your family can become a founding member of our new Friends of the UGA Aquarium program. The UGA Aquarium welcomes over 25,000 people each year for hands-on, feet-in marine education experiences. Your support will help educate thousands of children and adults in ocean literacy and environmental leadership. ...More
Athens, Georgia –
UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant kick off first Student Onboarding
“Welcome Aboard!” said director Mark Risse, as UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant launched their first ever “Student Onboarding” event. Fellows and interns funded by Georgia Sea Grant and Public Service and Outreach made their way to the coast for a two-day immersion experience to gain a better understanding of Georgia’s coast, Sea Grant and the extension model. ...More
NOAA Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador designation awarded to UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant
Athens, Georgia –
In November, UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant received the designation of Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™ initiative recognizes NOAA partners who are improving the nation’s readiness, responsiveness and overall resilience against extreme weather, water and climate events. ...More
Savannah, Georgia –
Registration for Youth Ocean Conservation Summit now open
Do you know a student in grades 7-12 that is interested in ocean conservation? Please invite them to attend our Youth Ocean Conservation Summit that will take place on Saturday, January 30, on Skidaway Island. Registration is now open. ...More
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