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 2018-2023 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 Office for Coastal Management, 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 in the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan

Healthy Coastal Ecosystems

  • Ecosystems and the services they provide are preserved and/or improved by sustaining the biodiversity and abundance of living resources in order to support communities and economies.
  • Land, water, and living resources are managed by applying sound science, tools and services to sustain ecosystems.
    Restored function of degraded ecosystems
  • Ecosystems and their habitats are protected, enhanced or restored to support communities and economies.

Resilient Communities and Economies

  • Coastal communities use their knowledge of changing conditions and risks to become resilient to extreme events, economic disruptions, and other threats to community well-being.
  • Water resources are sustained and protected to meet emerging needs of the communities, economies and ecosystems that depend on them.
  • Vulnerable and at-risk coastal communities and economies are resilient to changing conditions and can improve their overall community well-being.

Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture

  • Provide a safe, secure, and sustainable supply of seafood to meet current and future public needs.
  • Fishing communities and fishing industries including aquaculture enhance their productivity and sustainability.

Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development

  • An environmentally literate public that is informed by a continuum of lifelong formal and informal engagement opportunities that reflect the range of diversity of our communities
  • A diverse and skilled workforce is engaged and enabled to address critical local, regional, and national needs.
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