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Southern Miss Biologist named Fisheries Conservationist of the Year PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
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University of Southern Mississippi fisheries biologist Read Hendon received the 2009 Mississippi Wildlife Federation Fisheries Conservationist of the Year award for his stewardship of the state’s marine fisheries resources at a Feb. 27 awards banquet in Jackson, Miss.

Hendon, assistant director of the Center for Fisheries Research and Development at Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, was recognized as a key member of the “emerging generation” of Mississippi fisheries researchers, educators and managers.

He is engaged in multiple aspects of coastal fisheries that require scientific input for wise resource management, such as spotted seatrout and its critical habitat.

Hendon involves Gulf Coast anglers in his research activities, most notably the GCRL’s tag-and-release program, a nationally recognized leader in angler-based fisheries conservation. He also coordinates GCRL’s annual Mississippi Marine Fisheries public workshop which is designed to keep the community abreast of current research activities. 

Mississippi’s marine laboratory, the GCRL, focuses on scientific discovery related to coastal and marine resources, development of new marine technologies and the education of future scientists and citizens.


 
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