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Released January 8, 2003


OCEAN SPRINGS – 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 Laboratory.

The initial session featured an "Introduction to Gulf Fisheries" presentation by Harriet Perry.

Registration 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

Sessions on 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.

The seminars 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?

"This 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."

Director of 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?"

Other seminars 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)
OPEN March 19 (To Be Announced)
• Culture Fisheries (Chris Bridger and Jeffrey Lotz, Southern Miss GCRL; Tom McIlwain, National Marine Fisheries Service) March 26
• 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 (TBA)
• Recreational Fisheries (Jim Franks, Southern Miss GCRL)


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April 20, 2004 4:09 PM