GCRL hosts fisheries workshop
OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. - Researchers from The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf
Coast Research Laboratory will present a free workshop on Mississippi’s marine fisheries
at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Caylor Auditorium. It’s open to anglers and the general public.
Topics will include Mississippi’s spotted seatrout population monitoring, Tag and Release
Program updates, tarpon occurrences in Mississippi, striped bass habitat and tracking,
spotted seatrout spawning habitat and other issues pertinent to Mississippi’s fisheries. For
more information, contact Read Hendon, GCRL fisheries biologist, at 228.872.4202.
Source: University of Southern Mississippi, 11/24/08)

Marine scientist gets USM award
OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. – Dr. Robin Overstreet, marine parasitologist at the Gulf Coast
Research Laboratory and professor in the Department of Coastal Sciences, received The
University of Southern Mississippi’s Innovation Lifetime Achievement Award. Overstreet is
recognized as an authority on fish parasites and disease, and is credited with the
discovery of hundreds of new species. He joined GCRL in 1969. (
Source: University of
Southern Mississippi, 11/17/08)


Vote on aquaculture plan delayed
MOBILE, Ala. – Federal fishery regulators delayed a vote on a proposal that would open
the Gulf of Mexico to fish farms. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will
consider the aquaculture plan at a January meeting in Bay St. Louis, Miss. The proposal
would create a permitting process for developers to raise fish in underwater cages in
federal waters 3 to 200 miles offshore. (
Source: Mobile Press-Register, 10/29/08)

Crozier returns to Sea Lab
MOBILE, Ala. – George Crozier will return to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab as executive
director for the next two years. The sea lab’s board voted Wednesday to hire Crozier, who
retired in 2007 after directing the lab for 30 years. The post became vacant this month
when new director L. Scott Quackenbush died. (
Source: Mobile Press-Register, 10/29/08)

Gulf fish farms eyed
Federal fisheries regulators this week will decide whether to open the Gulf of Mexico to
industrial-scale fish farms – fish raised in underwater cages and pens – that could yield
more than 60 million pounds of additional seafood from the ocean. The Gulf of Mexico
Fishery Management Council will hold a public hearing Wednesday during its meeting in
Mobile before voting on the issue. The plan would create a permitting process for
aquaculturists to develop large-scale fish farms, raising only native species in underwater
cages. (
Source: Mobile Press-Register, New Orleans Times-Picayune, 10/27/08)

NOAA announces 15 year plan to upgrade ships
WASHINGTON – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration completed a
detailed plan to modernize its marine operations by replacing nine research ships and
refurbishing a 10th in the next 15 years. The 19-ship fleet supports a wide range of
activities, including fisheries and coastal research, nautical charting, and long-range
ocean and climate studies. Nine vessels entered into service since 2001, including
Okeanos Explorer. Two additional ships will enter service in the next year: Pisces, which
will be homeported in Mississippi, and Bell M. Shimada, which will be homeported on the
West Coast. Pascagoula’s VT Halter Marine is a major builder of NOAA ships. (
NOAA, 10/23/08)

GCRL professor gets $2.3M grant
OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. - Microbiologist Crystal Johnson at the Gulf Coast Research
Laboratory has been awarded a four-year, $2.3 million grant from the National Science
Foundation and the National Institutes of Health to study pathogenic vibrios. Johnson, a
research assistant professor, and colleagues from the University of Southern Mississippi
Department of Coastal Sciences at GCRL and the Department of Marine Science at
Stennis Space Center will collaborate with researchers at the University of Maryland and
the NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, Wash. (
Source: Hattiesburg
American, 10/20/08)

DI Sea Lab director dies
DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. - Marine scientist L. Scott Quackenbush, executive director of the
Dauphin Island Sea Lab, died Sunday after a brief illness, officials said. He was 56.
Quackenbush, a native of Baltimore, assumed the top job in July. He had previously
worked as associate dean for marine science programs at Humbolt State University in
Arcata, Calif. (
Source: Mobile Press-Register, 10/14/08)

NGI: Focusing on the big picture
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - It’s been part of the local economy for more than two
years now, yet most residents are likely to know little about it. But the Northern Gulf
Institute is becoming a heavyweight research operation, and hopes to begin work soon on
a new $9 million building at the John C. Stennis Space Center. (
Source: Alliance Insight,
October 2008)


Study sees shortage of marine scientists
The federal departments of Commerce and Education are forecasting a serious shortage
of scientists trained to do the high-quality research required to rebuild fish stocks and
restore marine species in the next decade. A new joint report to Congress estimates the
nation will need between 180 and 340 new fishery stock assessment scientists in the next
10 years, but current institutions will produce only 160. (
Source: Department of
Commerce, Department of Education, 09/29/08)

GCRL to host oceans celebration
OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. – The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory and its J.L. Scott Marine
Education Center will celebrate the opening of its Ocean Today Kiosk with a free event
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. GCRL is one of five pilot sites debuting the kiosk, an
interactive interpretive learning station featuring national ocean news and video from the
National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. The address is 703 East Beach Drive,
Ocean Springs, Miss. (
Source: University of Southern Mississippi, 09/24/08)


Oceans ’09 set for Biloxi
BILOXI, Miss. – The Oceans 2009 conference for marine science and engineering will be
held in late October at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum and Convention Center. The
event is sponsored by the Marine Technology Society and the Institute of Electrical and
Electronic Engineers/Oceanic Engineering Society. Organizers are now looking for local
exhibitors, who can contact Sue Kingston at for more information.
Source: The Stennis News, August 08 issue)

JULY 2008

Supercomputer to help in ocean modeling
WASHINGTON – IBM says the federal government has purchased a supercomputer to
provide improved data for the nation’s military and commercial ocean-going vessels. The
Department of Defense will use the Power 575 Hydro-Cluster supercomputer to provide
detailed models of ocean waves, currents and temperature to predict ocean behavior.
While the primary user will be the Navy, models will be publicly accessible through the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The models will also be used by the
Coast Guard to improve search and rescue. IBM said the supercomputer at Mississippi’s
Stennis Space Center will also be used as a platform for R&D in ocean science. (
UPI, 07/10/08)

JUNE 2008

Lab gets NOAA aquaculture grant
OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. – Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s Cedar Point Marine
Aquaculture Center has received $6.7 million that will go toward increasing seafood
production in South Mississippi. U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran announced the funding from the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to enable the center to further develop
its University of Southern Mississippi campus into a state-of-the-art marine aquaculture
research and demonstration facility. Cochran said it will lead to improved aquaculture
technologies that help alleviate harmful impacts on natural fish stocks while providing
consumers with high-demand fish products. Programs like the one at Ocean Springs are
searching for ways to mass-produce marine seafood onshore in confined offshore farms.
Source: The Sun Herald, 06/14/08)

APRIL 2008

A different kind of CSI
OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. – The J.L. Scott Marine Education Center is offering a new
summer career camp for teens ages 15-18. The CSI, which stands for Coastal Sciences
Investigation Camp, will be at the J.L. Scott Marine Education Center, located at The
University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs. It’s
an opportunity for high school students to get hands-on career orientation in the field of
marine science. The camp will be offered June 2-6 and July 28-Aug. 1. For more
information call 228.818.8890, or e-mail (Source: University
of Southern Mississippi, 04/07/08)

Watson retires from lab
PASCAGOULA, Miss. – John W. Watson of Moss Point has retired as director at
Mississippi Laboratories, a NOAA and National Marine Fisheries Service research facility
with labs in Pascagoula and Stennis Space Center. His duties included overseeing a $15
million budget, facilities management and continuation of Hurricane Katrina recovery. He
recently presided over ground-breaking for a $21 million, 53,000-square-feet NOAA
fisheries lab to replace the lab destroyed by Katrina. (
Source: Mississippi Press,

MARCH 2008

Hawkins director Gulf Coast Research Lab
OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. – Bill Hawkins, acting director of the Gulf Coast Research Lab for
the past six months, has been named the seventh director. The 60-year-old lab is part of
the University of Southern Mississippi. The laboratory focuses on sustainable coastal and
marine resources, development of new marine technologies and the education of future
scientists. (
Source: The Sun Herald, 03/24/08)

Lockheed wins supercomputer contract
Lockheed Martin won a $344 million contract from the Defense Department to operate
and maintain supercomputers at four research centers. The contract awarded by the
General Services Administration in Atlanta includes a one-year, $85 million base and four
one-year options. The computer systems are at the Naval Oceanographic Office at
Stennis Space Center, MS, the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center in
Vicksburg, MS, the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in
Ohio and the Laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. (
Source: Lockheed Martin,


Gulfport-Biloxi among the fastest growing metro areas
The three-county Gulfport-Biloxi Metropolitan Statistical Area is ranked 9th fastest growing
small metro areas, according to the latest list in Forbes. The metro area’s gross
metropolitan product – the value of goods and services produced – is expected to grow
23.12 percent between 2007 and 2012. Its population alone will increase by nearly 17
percent. Forbes looked at the nation’s 363 metro areas and split the list between large
and small metro areas. Forbes used projections by Moody’s Topping the
list of small metro areas was Mobile. The GMP for Mobile will rise 34 percent between
2007 and 2012. The top large metro area was Austin, Texas. (
Source: Tcp, 01/30/08)

Mississippi tax system gets high marks
A new report lists Mississippi with high marks for having a mechanism in place to review its
tax systems in light of the changing economy. A study by the Pew Center on the States
says effective tax systems are important for a state’s competitiveness. Good ones provide
stable revenue, efficient tax collection, transparent information about incentives and give
localities a say in how tax dollars are used. The study says many state tax systems fail on
these measures and lack the ability to support new economic engines. In addition to
Mississippi, other states with effective systems are Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Nebraska,
New Jersey, Texas and Utah. (
Source: Governing, 01/08)

Mississippi No. 2 in R&D earmarks
The top 10 state recipients of R&D earmarks receive nearly half the total, according to an
analysis by American Association for the Advancement of Science. Mississippi received
$250 million, second only to California. Excluding earmarks divided among three or more
states, the 10 states receive 44 percent of all R&D earmarks in 2008 by value. The 10
represents a mix of the most populous states and smaller states with members of
Congress in key appropriations committee chairmanships. Congress inserted nearly $4.5
billion in federal R&D earmarks, spread over 2,526 projects, in spending bills for fiscal
year 2008, according to AAAS. The earmarks are for projects not included in agency
budget requests. After a one-year moratorium in the 2007 fiscal year for most domestic
earmarks, Congress resumed the practice for the 2008 fiscal year with new disclosure
requirements. (
Source: AAAS, 01/07/08)