Seminar SeriesThe Office of Marine Fisheries and its partners offer a series of seminars aimed at enhancing familiarity between interested groups and increasing awareness of the programs, needs and opportunities that are relevant to marine research of Mississippi waters.

All interested parties are welcome to attend. For more information, contact the DMR Shrimp and Crab Bureau at (228) 374-5000.

October 24, 2013: Oysters: Science on the Half Shell [Download Flyer]
March 12, 2013: Mississippi's Artificial Reefs
October 30, 2012: Marsh Dwellers

March 22, 2012: Gentle Giants

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March 22, 2012

University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Lab (GCRL) Senior Scientist Jim Franks gave a presentation on tarpon, one of the most important game fish species in the Gulf of Mexico. Franks discussed what important aspects of tarpon's biology and habitat requirements have been revealed by research conducted by the GCRL and funded by the MDMR.

Jennifer McKinney of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries spoke about the whale shark, the largest fish in the ocean. She provided background information on the biology and ecology of the species, and later shared highlights of research conducted in the northern Gulf, including the GCRL whale shark sighting survey, satellite tagging and large feeding aggregations.

GCRL Professor Mark Peterson provided an overview of Gulf sturgeon, a threatened species, and discussed research from the Pascagoula River, associated areas of the Mississippi Sound and Pearl River and Florida populations.

Lastly, Allen Aven, a Ph.D. student from the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL), presented research on the distribution and ecology of the West Indian manatee. Aven also shared information on the habits of this fascinating animal that have been recently revealed by innovative research conducted by the DISL’s Manatee Sighting Network.

November 17, 2011: Spotted Seatrout in Mississippi

Spotted Seatrout

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) and partners will hold a "Spotted Seatrout in Mississippi" Seminar on Thursday, November 17, 2011, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the first-floor meeting room of the Bolton Building at 1141 Bayview Ave., Biloxi. The seminar is part of an ongoing series aimed at enhancing familiarity between interested groups and increasing awareness of the programs, needs and opportunities that are relevant to marine research in Mississippi waters

Keynote Speaker Jim Franks from University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research Lab (GCRL) will give talk about "Habitat & Spawning for Spotted Seatrout".

Additional talks will include:

  • "Spotted Seatrout Assessment and Management" Buck Buchanan, MDMR Fisheries and Read Hendon, GCRL
  • "Spotted Seatrout Culture" Reginald Blaylock, Ph.D., GCRL
  • "Spotted Seatrout Tricks of the Trade" Capt. Sonny Schindler, Shore Thing Charters

November 13, 2009: Invasive Species Seminar

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November 13, 2009

Keynote speaker Mike Pursley of the DMR spoke on "Monitoring and Eradication of Invasive Flora."

Additional talks included:

  • "Invasive Coastal Fauna" - Darcie Graham, USM Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
  • "Pascagoula River Invasive Species and Volunteer Programs" - Mark LaSalle, Pascagoula River Audubon Center
  • "Regional Approach to Invasive Species" - James Ballard, Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission

July 31, 2009: Harmful Algal Bloom Seminar

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July 31, 2009

Keynote speaker Vincent Lovko of the University of Southern Mississippi at Stennis Space Center talked on "Optical Detection and Assessment of Harmful Algal Bloom."

Additional talks included:

  • "Vibrio Relationships with Plankton and Sediment" - Adrienne Flowers, USM Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
  • "Remote Sensing in the Detection and Prediction of Harmful Algal Bloom" - Dan Holiday, USM-Gulf Coast Geospatial Center
  • "Marine Biotoxin contingency Plan" - Kristina Broussard, DMR Office of Fisheries

February 20, 2009: Hypoxia Seminar

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February 20, 2009

Keynote speaker Dr. Stephan Howden, University of Southern Mississippi Department of Marine Science (USM/DMS) associate professor at Stennis Space Center, shared an overview on the dynamics of hypoxic occurrences.

Additional talks included:
  • "Hypoxia & Geological Oceanography" - Dr. Charlotte Brunner, USM/DMS Stennis Space Center
  • "Hypoxia & Biochemical Oceanography" - Dr. Kevin Dillon, USM/DMS Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
  • "Hypoxia & Biological Oceanography" - Dr. Kjell Gundersen, USM/DSM Stennis Space Center
  • "Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality's (MDEQ) Role Addressing Hypoxia" - Richard Ingram, MDEQ
  • "Fisheries: Hypoxia Aspects" - Buck Buchanan, DMR Finfish Bureau