UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant will host an inaugural open house at the Brunswick Station on Sept. 28 from 4-7 p.m.

Visitors of all ages are invited to enjoy local shrimp while touring the station, engaging with coastal experts and learning about Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant’s research, education and outreach efforts targeted to coastal communities.

“Our primary role is to work with communities, teaching them to protect our resources and be good environmental stewards,” said Bryan Fluech, associate marine extension director. “The open house is a great opportunity for constituents to meet our team and learn about ways that we serve as a resource for the community.”

Visitors can explore the station’s half-acre demonstration garden with more than 115 types of native plants, and participate in interactive activities about water quality and coastal environments. Live marine animals and reptiles will also be on display.

The R/V Georgia Bulldog, a 72-foot shrimp trawler that has been converted into a multipurpose research vessel, will be open to visitors. The Bulldog has been providing logistical support for research projects that involve fishery development, bottom mapping and sea turtle conservation since the 1980s.

Staff at Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant’s Brunswick Station have been serving the Golden Isles community for over 40 years, conducting important water quality research, ensuring safe seafood, educating residents about native plants and pollinators, and preparing communities for hurricanes.

Additional details about the event can be found here http://gacoast.uga.edu/event/brunswick-station-open-house/

Learn more about Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant at http://gacoast.uga.edu/.

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Contact: Bryan Fluech, 912.264.7269, fluech@uga.edu
Writer: Emily Woodward, 912-598-2340 ext. 107, ewoodward@uga.edu