October 25, 2014  

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Seashore Experience Scheduled for Feb. 10-11 to Focus on Marine Debris

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“Debris Free Seas: Small Steps, Huge Impact” will be the next family educational experience offered as part of the Explore a Seashore series through The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) and the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium.

The two-day trash adventure will take place Feb. 10-11. On Friday, Feb. 10, from 6-8 p.m., participants will learn about common marine debris found in local waters, learn the repercussions of land-to-water pollution and hear about simple solutions for a cleaner environment and how to go green.

On Saturday, participants will cruise aboard the Sea Explorer to Deer Island where they will remove debris and go hunting for shark teeth. They will bring debris back to the Gulf Coast Research Lab campus and sort, identify and weigh it. The data will help determine sources of pollution and help prevent further damage to the Coast.

Each participant will receive a field notebook, GCRL pen and a CD of photographs from the day. The program is open to adults and their children who are 12 and older. Lunch is provided.

Cost is $50 per person with a $25 deposit due at registration. To register, contact Martha Brown at martha.brown@usm.edu or 228-818-8833.