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Center for Fisheries Research and Development

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The CFRD is committed to increasing public awareness and stewardship of our coastal resources. As such we annually participate in community and educational events to highlight the work we conduct and exhibit how this research can promote the sustainability of our ecosystem.

Fishing Events

billfish donation

  • Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic
  • Gorenflo's Cobia Tournament
  • CCA's Casting for Conservation


shark week

  • Peter Anderson Festival
  • Pathways to Possibilities
  • Shark Week at the Mississippi Aquarium


Shark Fest

shark fest

CFRD’s Shark Research Program has partnered with the Marine Education Center to develop Shark Fest. Come join us on the boat to aid on one of our shark research trips!

Shark Fest

Summer Field Program - Shark Biology

shark biology class

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student who is interested in sharks and rays? If so this class is for you. CFRD’s Jill Hendon teaches a 4 week, 6 credit, hands-on course during USM’s Summer Field Program. Shark Biology (COA 422/422L, 522/522L)


shark lab

report a tagged fish

report a whale shark

Contact Us

Center for Fisheries Research and Development

Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
703 East Beach Drive
Ocean Springs, MS 39564

Gulf Park Campus

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