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About Us

UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant's Mission:

To support research, education and training, and outreach activities that promote the environmental and economic health in coastal Georgia by helping improve public resource policy, encouraging far-sighted economic and fisheries decisions, anticipating vulnerabilities to change and preparing citizens to be wise stewards of the coastal environment.

For over 40 years, UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant have been serving the state of Georgia and its coastal constituents.

UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant provide research, education, training and science-based outreach to assist Georgia in solving problems and realizing opportunities for its coastal and marine environments.

By advancing research, education and training, and outreach, UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant promote the economic, cultural and environmental health of Georgia's coast and prepare citizens to become good stewards of coastal ecosystems and watershed resources.

UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant are units of Public Service and Outreach at the University of Georgia, supporting Georgia's short- and long-term prosperity.

Why are UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant vital for Georgia’s coast?

Georgia’s coastal zone is rapidly growing in population, development and industry. Between 2000 and 2030, state projections anticipate a coastal population rise of 50 percent.  The coastal zone is the second fastest growing region in Georgia, just behind metropolitan Atlanta.

However, even with this potential coastal growth, most of the state’s population lives far removed from coastal issues. UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant work to engage and inform the entire state’s citizenry through efforts to:

  • Support sustainable economic and population growth on the coast
  • Provide tools to guide wise and efficient use of coastal resources
  • Build a strong partnership between metro Atlanta and Georgia’s coast
  • Help create a robust state seafood industry
  • Assist developers in adopting sustainable building practices

As inland and coastal communities compete for natural resources and upland growth threatens the health of coastal marshes and estuaries, UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant support a balanced approach toward land use, economic development and ecosystem health.



Dr. Mark Risse

Email: mrisse@uga.edu
Phone: 706-542-5956

Anne Lindsay

Associate Director for Marine Education, Summer Camp Director, Marine Education Center and Aquarium
Email: lindsaya@uga.edu
Phone: 912-598-2355

Thomas Bliss

Director of Shellfish Research Lab, Public Service Associate, Shellfish Research Lab
Email: tbliss@uga.edu
Phone: 912-598-2348