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Released January 30, 2003


BILOXI -- Gorenflo's Tackle Shop and Marina Store has awarded a scholarship for a study of offshore marine fishes to University of Southern Mississippi graduate student Samantha Griffith.

Griffith, a native of Nashville, Tenn., will use the $500 scholarship in her master's research on the biology of early life stages of two species of amberjack and related fishes. Amberjacks are popular recreational species in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Griffith is a student in coastal sciences at the university's Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs.

Danny Pitalo and Laurie Osley of Gorenflo's presented the scholarship in December. Participants in the award presentation at the Biloxi tackle shop included Southern Miss fisheries biologist Jim Franks; Errol White, weighmaster for Gorenflo's cobia tournaments for the past 16 years; and Dr. Bruce Comyns, assistant professor of coastal sciences and Griffith's faculty adviser at GCRL.

"The scholarship is another example of the long-standing support Gorenflo's provides to research and conservation related to Mississippi's valuable marine sport fish," Franks said.

Griffith is the daughter of Russ and Pam Griffith of Antioch, Tenn.


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April 20, 2004 4:09 PM