JULY 2005

Spending bill would fund fisheries research facility
WASHINGTON -- The federal government would get $5 million next year to create a
fisheries research facility at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab under a spending bill nearing
Senate approval. In a news release, U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, said the
facility, which would be run as a satellite of the National Marine Fisheries Service office in
Pascagoula, "will provide increased opportunities for collaborative research among
federal, state and university researchers." The earmarked money is tucked into a
spending bill to keep the Commerce and Justice Departments in business for the fiscal
year that begins in October. Shelby recently took over as chairman of the Senate
appropriations subcommittee responsible for drafting the bill; the earmarks for the
fisheries facility and other projects offer an early indication of what his priorities could be.
Alabama is the only Gulf Coast state without a federal fisheries field research facility, said
George Crozier, director of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, which is part of a consortium of
21 colleges and universities. (
Source: Mobile Register, 07/12/05)


Project would include research function
PENSACOLA, Fla. - A $71 million, public-private project on the downtown Trillium property
is primarily designed to improve waterfront access, but also has a research function
through its connection with the University of West Florida. The project for the 27.5 acres
of city-owned land will be funded with $39.6 million in taxpayer money and $31.1 million
from private sources. Features are a minor league baseball stadium, maritime
museum/research center, conference center/auditorium, fishing pier, businesses and tree-
lined park. UWF’s marine biology, history and archaeology programs would be housed at
the conference center. One of the backers of the project, health consultant Quint Studer,
said his baseball team would play in the 3,500-seat stadium. He also said his company,
Studer Group, would move its 80 employees from Gulf Breeze to offices in the complex
and attract out-of-town visitors to Pensacola by holding seminars in the auditorium.
Source: Pensacola News Journal, 01/21/05)

Center for Marine Education and Research breaks ground
GULFPORT, Miss - The Center for Marine Education and Research broke ground in
December 2004 on a 12,000 square-foot facility at Bernard Bayou Industrial Park. Moby
Solangi, president of the non-profit that will operate the center, says it will be a catalyst for
more than 40 federal and university marine science research units that operate in the
region. The center will include labs, classrooms, quarantine facilities and a museum on 12
acres and will serve as a rehabilitation center for mammals rescued from the Gulf of
Mexico. It will be operated by the non-profit Institute for Marine Mammal Studies. The
institute received a $3 million grant from the National Marine Fisheries Service for the
project, and has a working relationship with Mississippi State University, University of
Southern Mississippi, Jackson State University, Louisiana State University and Oklahoma.
It's involved in 25 projects, including two for the Naval Research Lab at Stennis Space
Center. (
Source: The Sun Herald, 12/16/04)