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Released January 13, 2003


OCEAN SPRINGS – U.S. Food and Drug Administration official Tom Herrington will discuss the impact of sewage and runoff in the Gulf of Mexico during a presentation Wednesday at The University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research Laboratory.

Herrington, on assignment with the Gulf of Mexico Program, will be among several experts participating in a graduate course update on the status of domestic and organic pollutants in the Gulf, especially in Mississippi environments and estuaries. His overview will include information on oyster reefs and heavily impacted estuaries.

Dr. Julia Lytle, environmental chemist at GCRL, a division of the Southern Miss College of Marine Sciences, will provide a look at contamination from petroleum products, pesticides and other organic compounds. Her report on the health of Gulf and local waters will include kinds of contaminants, sources, the problems they cause, how they get into the environment, and past and current impact.

Interested individuals may register for the seminar, to be held at Caylor Auditorium, by calling Dale Fremin at (228) 872-4256. The cost is $5. Presentations are scheduled from 10 a.m.-noon. Lunch and informal discussions with speakers will be held from noon-1 p.m.

Wednesday sessions on the health of Gulf of Mexico estuaries and fisheries are scheduled through April as part of a Department of Coastal Sciences graduate course. Coastal sciences students will close the course with a mock trial on the issue: "Should the Gulf of Mexico be declared a no-take zone?"

Southern Miss's College of Marine Sciences is the university's provider of marine research, education and service.


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