I hope that all of you have had a productive and enjoyable summer. We sure have at Marine Extension and Georgia Sea grant. Our faculty and staff hosted several student interns who worked on projects that involved growing single oysters in the hatchery, developing a coastal stormwater low impact development inventory, studying watershed planning to help communities qualify for flood insurance reductions, and educating K-12 students about Georgia’s coastal ecosystems.

In addition to providing invaluable assistance to our faculty and staff, these internships help us fulfill our goal of developing a future workforce for marine-related careers. None of our internship opportunities would be possible without your help as many are supported by donated funds. On behalf of our faculty and staff, as well as these students, we thank you for your support!

I also want to take this opportunity to encourage you to visit our website to learn about some of our fall events. We’ll be hosting a free open house for teachers at the UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium on Sept. 7, a Coastal Stewards program on Georgia Shrimp Sept. 16, and our first open house at the Brunswick Station is scheduled for Sept. 28. Make sure to also mark your calendars for our second annual Oyster Roast for a Reason fundraising event taking place Dec. 2.

I really hope I have the opportunity to connect with many of you at one of these upcoming events. Until then, Go Dawgs!

– Mark Risse, Director of Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant