We are delighted to share our 2019 annual report with you. Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant had a great year with a record amount of private support and student engagement in our program. This report summarizes selected impacts and accomplishments and highlights how we work with our research community and stakeholders to provide solutions for coastal issues in Georgia.  

Our efforts continue to have tremendous impacts, not only in Georgia, but also regionally and nationally. Through a comprehensive review process that took place over a period of four days, a national team consisting of representatives from federal and state governments evaluated our program against the goals and strategies outlined in our 2018-2021 Strategic Plan. At the end of a very successful review process, the team recertified the University of Georgia with the status of Sea Grant College Program. The site review also made a few recommendations, and I am happy to report that we have already begun implementing most of them. It is rewarding to receive this external affirmation that validates our research and public service contributions in the state of Georgia. I am extremely proud of the faculty, staff, volunteers, supporters, and stakeholders that made this happen.

As you review this report, please note the tremendous successes that our research, education and extension staff have achieved with help from our coastal partners, who are critical to our success. We take pride in the fact that we leverage our federal support with state investments, contracts and grants, income generation, and countless volunteer hours and donations to achieve our mission. We look forward to continuing to work collaboratively with a wide range of partners and stakeholders on a variety of topics that promote the economic, cultural and environmental health of Georgia’s coast and prepare citizens to become good stewards of coastal ecosystems and watershed resources. 

Thank you for your continued interest in Georgia’s coast and support of Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant. As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Mark Risse
Director of Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant