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MAREX in Brunswick, GA

MAREX Advisory Services conducts education, outreach and research to enhance coastal environmental and economic sustainability.

Brunswick Station is located on a three-acre site with 300 feet of frontage on the Brunswick River.

The University of Georgia Marine Extension Service 16,300 sq. ft. Brunswick Station facility includes:

  • conservation landscaping demonstration garden
  • large and small vessels
  • conference room
  • water quality and fisheries technology laboratories

Visit the Brunswick Station Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

715 Bay Street, Brunswick, GA  31520

Lab technicians analyze human hair samples for mercury.

Lab technicians analyze human hair samples for mercury.


R/V Georgia Bulldog

The R/V Georgia Bulldog is the oldest and most well-known research vessel at MAREX. The 72-foot shrimp boat has been converted into a multipurpose fishery research vessel.

Research projects in which the Bulldog has been involved include a wide array of traditional fishing techniques as well as new methodologies. The Bulldog also serves as an educational platform for college students and at regional seafood festivals.

Small Vessels

Three smaller powered vessels - a 23-foot Sea Ox with a forward cabin, a 21-foot Carolina Skiff and a 25-foot C-Hawk with cabin - are available for water quality and inshore fishery research projects.

Demonstration Garden

Stroll through the living world of conservation landscaping in the EcoScapes Sustainable Landscaping Demonstration Garden.

The Garden itself offers a variety of options for native plant landscaping in site-specific settings.

Conservation landscaping works with nature to reduce pollution while creating diverse landscapes that:

  • conserve water
  • protect clean water and air
  • support wildlife and their native habitat
  • provide a more beautiful, healthier human environment

Conservation landscaping can also be used to enhance and/or restore habitat and address areas with problems such as:

  • erosion
  • nutrient loss
  • sedimentation
  • poor soils
  • steep slopes
  • poor drainage

The Garden is open to the public during regular business hours.

Lab Facilities

The Brunswick facility contains a variety of laboratories where both collaborative research and experiential learning takes place. Our work often begins in the field with sample collection aboard one of several research vessels.

Whether samples are collected by MAREX staff or delivered to the station by a client or collaborator, on site chemical laboratories are equipped for measuring chlorophyll concentrations, biological oxygen demand (BOD), suspended solids and dissolved nutrient levels (e.g. nitrates and phosphates) in fresh or salt water samples.

In the station’s microbiological laboratory, water samples can be tested for Enterococci, fecal coliform and E. coli bacteria.

The Brunswick facility is outfitted with a direct mercury analyzer, which is at the core of our successful mercury hair testing program. This goal of this program is to empower women in their childbearing years to eat seafood with confidence and avoid mercury risks.

Conference Room

The MAREX conference room seats up to 40 people and is available for public use M-F / 9am-5pm. For scheduling information, call 912-264-7303.


Lindsey Parker

Research Vessel Captain, Marine Resource Specialist, Brunswick Station
Email: lparker@uga.edu
Phone: 912-264-7331