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Dr. Mark Risse

Georgia Sea Grant visits Congressional office in Washington D.C.

Sea Grant Association meeting coincided with capital trip.

Washington D.C. – Dr. Mark Risse, director of UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, and Jill Gambill, communications director, visited Washington March 2-5, to meet with several Congressional leaders. The first meeting was at Sen. Johnny Isakson's office, where they shared information about Georgia Sea Grant research, education and outreach efforts in coastal Georgia. Of particular interest were planning support that Georgia Sea Grant is providing to communities around the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project and the new oyster seed hatchery. Unfortunately, due to a snowstorm, the Capitol was shut down. Appointments with Congressmen David Perdue, Rick Allen and Buddy Carter’s offices had to be canceled.

While in town, they also attended the biannual Sea Grant Association (SGA) meeting. The SGA is a non-profit organization comprised of members from the academic institutions that participate in the National Sea Grant College Program. It provides a mechanism for these institutions to coordinate activities, set program priorities at both the regional and national level and provide a unified voice on issues of importance to the oceans and coasts.