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Released January 15, 2004


BILOXI - Gorenflo's Tackle Shop and Marina Store recently awarded a scholarship to University of Southern Mississippi graduate student Jason Lemus.

Lemus is working toward his doctorate in coastal sciences at the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs. Danny Pitalo and Laurie Osley of Gorenflo's presented the $500 check in recognition of Lemus' research on the biology and aquaculture of marine fish.

"We've got a good relationship with them, they're an integral part of the community here," Lemus said of Gorenflo's.

Lemus said the funding will help provide the live feed necessary for red snapper larvae, along with other expenses related to his academic program. The aquaculture of the red snapper is the focus of Lemus' doctoral research.

Also participating in the presentation were Dr. Bruce Comyns, professor of coastal sciences and a member of Lemus' graduate committee; Jim Franks, fisheries biologist with the Southern Miss Center for Fisheries Research and Development; and Errol White, weighmaster with Franks for Gorenflo's annual saltwater fishing tournaments.

"The scholarship reflects Danny and Laurie's recognition of the importance of working toward sustainable sport fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico," Franks said. "Jason's research is one facet of fisheries research and development underway at the GCRL. We appreciate their (Gorenflo's) support."

In addition to his research on red snapper, Lemus has also worked closely with Franks' projects on experimental aquaculture of tripletail and satellite tagging of cobia. His major professor is Dr. Jeffrey Lotz, chair of the Department of Coastal Sciences at the GCRL. The GCRL and the department are part of the Southern Miss College of Science and Technology.

Lemus and wife Stephanie reside in Ocean Springs. He is the son of Thomas and Sally Lemus of Tampa, Fla.


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April 20, 2004 4:09 PM