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