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Seafood Festivals

Don't miss the boat!

Catch the R/V Georgia Bulldog at these coastal festivals:

During large-scale public festivals, UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant provide current scientific information and hands-on education about pressing coastal issues.

The University of Georgia Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant's R/V Georgia Bulldog, a 72-foot shrimp trawler, has been converted for research and outreach, and is the only one of its kind in the nation. 

The R/V Georgia Bulldog crew participates in regional festivals such as Beaufort, S.C.'s two-day Shrimp Festival that attracts 10,000 visitors annually. More than 3,700 festival attendees routinely board the Bulldog in Beaufort alone, to learn about working shrimp boats and current fisheries research. Staff give vessel tours, interact with the public and answer questions.

On the back deck of the Bulldog, families have the opportunity to talk to scientists and commercial shrimpers, identify male and female shrimp and hold cannonball jellies. Kids can sit in the captain's chair and learn about navigation or take a rest at the breakfast table in the ship's galley.

UGA crew brings hands-on outreach activities to other festivals such as the annual Fernandina Shrimp Festival in Florida, and Blessing of the Fleet festivals in Darien and Brunswick, Georgia, where thousands of people experience live-animal touch tanks, view underwater footage and learn about the latest fisheries research.

UGA staff invite the public into the world of marine extension.

UGA staff invite the public into the world of marine extension.

Live touch tanks with horseshoe crabs and whelks provide an interactive learning opportunity for festival goers.

Live touch tanks with horseshoe crabs and whelks provide an interactive learning opportunity for festival goers.

A colorful educational display transforms UGA's role within the shrimping industry into a visual learning experience.

A colorful educational display transforms UGA's role within the shrimping industry into a visual learning experience.

The Sea Circus allows an up close and personal look at regional sea life for audiences of all ages.

The Sea Circus allows an up close and personal look at regional sea life for audiences of all ages.

UGA staff invite the public into the world of marine extension.
Live touch tanks with horseshoe crabs and whelks provide an interactive learning opportunity for festival goers.
A colorful educational display transforms UGA's role within the shrimping industry into a visual learning experience.
The Sea Circus allows an up close and personal look at regional sea life for audiences of all ages.
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Sea Circus

With a traveling aquarium and touch tank, UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant’s “Sea Circus” offers a lively educational experience at public festivals for young and old alike.

A 16-foot trailer sporting four 100-gallon saltwater tanks provides an up close and personal look at some of the most common regional sea life. At the smaller touch tank visitors have the opportunity to handle marine organisms while learning more about creatures that call the Atlantic Ocean home.

Climb Aboard the R/V Georgia Bulldog!

Don't miss the boat!

Climb aboard the University of Georgia’s oldest and most well-known research vessel - the R/V Georgia Bulldog.

Now based at the Brunswick Station, the 72-foot Bulldog is an important part of UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant's research projects and activities.

Visit the Bulldog at a seafood festival and meet the captain, talk to the crew, learn about the Bulldog's important research activities and steer the boat!

Contacts

Lisa Gentit

Research Technician, Brunswick Station
Email: gentit@uga.edu
Phone: 912-264-7365