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Georgia Sea Grant
Georgia Sea Grant's Strategic Plan identifies the coast's most pressing issues and opportunities.

Strategic Planning

Every four years, Georgia Sea Grant, in partnership with the University of Georgia Marine Extension, develops a long-range strategic plan that describes our goals and priorities for the coming years. To create this plan, we utilize an inclusive, multistep process that incorporates fresh input from a diverse constituency.

From personal visits with knowledgeable coastal managers, scientists, educators, businesses and organizations, to broadly circulated surveys and public forums, Georgia Sea Grant and UGA Marine Extension gathers opinions from as many stakeholders as possible. We then convene a two-and-a-half-day workshop, facilitated by NOAA’s Coastal Services Center, 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.

The National Sea Grant Office has praised Georgia Sea Grant’s strategic planning process and recommended that it become a Best Management Practice (BMP) for the entire Sea Grant Network. 

Current Strategic Plan, to be used for the 2016-2017 RFP:
2014-2017 Strategic Plan

Goals from the 2014-2017 Strategic Plan

Healthy Coastal Ecosystems

  • Increased understanding of ecosystem-based approaches to sustain healthy, diverse, and abundant populations of fish, wildlife, and plants, and provide valuable ecological services
  • Increased use of ecosystem-based and ecosystem-services approaches to managing land, water, and living resources in the coastal area
  • Restored function of degraded ecosystems
  • Coastal Georgia communities that understand the value and benefit of sustainable land use practices and their connection to healthy ecosystems
  • Coastal Georgia communities that make efficient use of land, energy and water in order to conserve and protect resources needed to sustain coastal ecosystems and quality of life


Resilient Communities and Economies

  • Georgia coastal communities that recognize the complex inter-relationships between social, economic and environmental values in coastal areas and work together to balance multiple uses and optimize environmental and economic stability
  • Widespread understanding of the climate-related risks associated with living, working and doing business along the coast
  • Increase community capacity to prepare for and effectively respond to hazardous events

Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture

  • A sustainable supply of safe, local seafood to meet public demand
  • A thriving Georgia seafood industry that harvests, produces, processes and markets seafood responsibly and effectively
  • Informed consumers who understand the importance of ecosystem health and sustainable harvesting practices to the future of Georgia fisheries, who appreciate the health benefits of seafood consumption and who understand how to evaluate the safety and sustainability of the seafood they buy


Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development

  • A public that has a good understanding of basic concepts of ocean and coastal literacy, supported by lifelong formal and non-formal education opportunities
  • A future workforce, reflecting the diversity of Georgia, skilled in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and other disciplines critical to Georgia Sea Grant and MAREX’s mission

Past Strategic Plan:
2010-2013 Strategic Plan