A seminar series featuring experts in the health of Gulf of Mexico
estuaries and Gulf fisheries sustainability got under way Wednesday
at The University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research
session featured an "Introduction to Gulf Fisheries" presentation
by Harriet Perry.
for the entire series is $50 and will be accepted through Jan. 13.
Registration for single sessions is $5 each. To make reservations,
contact Dale Fremin at (228) 872-4256 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
current and controversial issues in marine fisheries science and
conservation biology will be held at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays
through April 30 in Caylor Auditorium at the GCRL. Presentations
by speakers are scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon. A brown-bag lunch
will be provided from noon until 1 p.m. and will feature informal
discussions and interactions with speakers.
are part of a graduate course offered through the Southern Miss
Department of Coastal Sciences and the Center for Fisheries Research
and Development, both headquartered at the laboratory. The course
will culminate in a mock trial in which the graduate students will
draw upon information from the seminar speakers and individual research
to address the following issue: Should the Gulf of Mexico be declared
a no-take zone?
course takes participants into the real world' of fisheries
science and provides advocacy for or against an issue," said
Perry, a fisheries biologist. "These issues are of importance
to a wide range of agency personnel and coastal residents who use
gulf resources in their work and recreation."
the fisheries center at GCRL, Perry is the coastal sciences faculty
member who organized the course. The title is "Current Issues
in Marine Fisheries and Conservation Biology: America's Sea . .
. Is the Gulf of Mexico at Risk?"
during the series will include: Status of Gulf of Mexico Estuaries
and Fisheries Sustainability Organic and Domestic Contaminants (Tom
Herrington, Food and Drug Administration, Gulf of Mexico Program;
Julia Lytle, Southern Miss GCRL) Jan. 15
Heavy Metal Contaminants with Emphasis on the Mercury Crisis
(Wayne Ishpording, University of South Alabama; LaDon Swann, Mississippi-Alabama
Sea Grant; Ben Raines, Mobile Register) Jan. 22
Eutrophication: The Dead Zone (Nancy Rabalais, Louisiana
Universities Marine Consortium) Jan. 29
Wetlands (Mark LaSalle, Mississippi State University Extension
Service) Feb. 5
Invasive Species (Perry) Feb. 12
OPEN Feb. 19 To Be Announced
Ecological Effects of Fishing (Mark Peterson, Southern Miss
GCRL; Perry) Feb. 26
OPEN March 5 (To Be Announced)
SPRING BREAK March 12
OPEN March 19 (To Be Announced)
Culture Fisheries (Chris Bridger and Jeffrey Lotz, Southern
Miss GCRL; Tom McIlwain, National Marine Fisheries Service) March
Marine Protected Areas as Management Tools (Felecia Coleman,
Florida State University) April 2
Artificial Reefs (Ron Lukens, Gulf States Marine Fisheries
Commission) April 9
Dates to Be Announced
The Menhaden Fishery: A Case Study (Larry Simpson, GSMFC)
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act
Recreational Fisheries (Jim Franks, Southern Miss GCRL)