Greetings and I hope you all are well. Times are difficult and we are in the midst of unprecedented change. As the coronavirus pandemic continues, we are all doing the best we can to serve you virtually while protecting the health and safety of our workforce. While larger meetings and conferences are being cancelled, our extension and education programs are working with local stakeholders to help meet their most pressing needs. Our education programs have developed a wide variety of interactive, virtual programs on different topics each week. You can learn more about these programs by visiting our event calendar at

Unfortunately, many of our summer internships were cancelled; however, we were able to bring on five interns to work remotely with our faculty and staff. Our goal, with the rest of the university system, is to return to a new “normal” at the start of fall semester in August. We hope to be slowly building our programs back over the summer but are committed to doing this in the safest way possible for our staff and the communities we serve.

Please stay safe and take care of yourself and your loved ones.

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