12-60-CWS | September 13, 2012
BILOXI, Miss. – The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Department of Coastal Sciences and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (US ACE) Engineer Research and Development Center will be deploying 19 buoys around the State Port at Gulfport this month as part of a two-year monitoring study of juvenile and sub-adult Gulf sturgeon and their movements in the area of the Mississippi Sound near the Mississippi State Port at Gulfport.
Nineteen buoys with receivers will be deployed by USM and will be marked with reflectors to meet U.S. Coast Guard standards. A map, list of buoy locations and photo are attached.
The study was mandated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and is a component of the current state port expansion proposal review.
The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources is dedicated to enhancing, protecting and conserving marine interests of the state by managing all marine life, public trust wetlands, adjacent uplands and waterfront areas to provide for the optimal commercial, recreational, educational and economic uses of these resources consistent with environmental concerns and social changes. Visit the MDMR online at www.dmr.ms.gov.
Attached: Map and list of buoy locations.
PHOTO CREDIT: Photos courtesy of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources
Photo cutline: Nineteen buoys with receivers will be deployed by USM around the vicinity of the Mississippi State Port at Gulfport to monitor the movements of Gulf sturgeon.