Strategic Plan

UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant’s strategic plan identifies the coast’s most pressing issues and opportunities.


Every four years, UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant develop a long-range strategic plan that describes our goals and priorities for the coming years. To create this plan, we utilize an inclusive, multi-step process that incorporates fresh input from a diverse constituency.

See UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant’s 2014-2018 strategic plan

From personal visits with knowledgeable coastal managers, scientists, educators, businesses and organizations, to broadly circulated surveys and public forums, UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant gather opinions from as many stakeholders as possible.

We then convene a two-and-a-half-day workshop, facilitated by NOAA’s Coastal Services Center, to further capture coastal Georgia’s social, economic and environmental needs and pair them with the expertise and experience of our staff. Throughout this process, our advisory board provides valuable insight and feedback on their vision for our programs.

Goals from the 2014-2018 Strategic Plan

Healthy Coastal Ecosystems

  • Increased understanding of ecosystem-based approaches to sustain healthy, diverse and abundant populations of fish, wildlife, and plants and provide valuable ecological services
  • Increased use of ecosystem-based and ecosystem-services approaches to managing land, water and living resources in the coastal area
  • Restored function of degraded ecosystems
  • Coastal Georgia communities that understand the value and benefit of sustainable land use practices and their connection to healthy ecosystems
  • Coastal Georgia communities that make efficient use of land, energy and water in order to conserve and protect resources needed to sustain coastal ecosystems and quality of life

Resilient Communities and Economies

  • Georgia coastal communities that recognize the complex inter-relationships between social, economic and environmental values in coastal areas and work together to balance multiple uses and optimize environmental and economic stability
  • Widespread understanding of the climate-related risks associated with living, working and doing business along the coast
  • Increase community capacity to prepare for and effectively respond to hazardous events

Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture

  • A sustainable supply of safe, local seafood to meet public demand
  • A thriving Georgia seafood industry that harvests, produces, processes and markets seafood responsibly and effectively
  • Informed consumers who understand the importance of ecosystem health and sustainable harvesting practices to the future of Georgia fisheries, who appreciate the health benefits of seafood consumption and who understand how to evaluate the safety and sustainability of the seafood they buy

Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development

  • A public that has a good understanding of basic concepts of ocean and coastal literacy, supported by lifelong formal and non-formal education opportunities
  • A future workforce, reflecting the diversity of Georgia, skilled in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and other disciplines critical to UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant’s mission
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