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Marine education festival returns to Pass Christian

By Krystal Allan – bio | email

PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - Little hands did a lot of exploring during the 19th Annual Celebrate the Gulf Marine Education Festival.

"We try to get kids to come down, and we try to get kids to bring their parents. Together they can learn the importance of keeping our Gulf of Mexico clean and healthy," says Jennifer Buchanan, Department of Marine Resources.

There was no shortage of hands-on fun for people to get up close and personal with marine life.

"I touched a horseshoe crab, a turtle and a snake," says Dozier Smith of Gulfport.

In the middle of all the action, this year, organizers set up a new event for people to see. They set up tarmac in the middle of the event where animal handlers put on demonstrations with animals and plants.

"We're doing live presentations with live organism and plants to enlighten the people about the significance of our Gulf of Mexico, and why it's so important to us and why we should become good stewards of the environment," Dr. Sheila Brown, University Of Southern Mississippi.

And it appears a lot of people are getting the message on how to better protect our marine resources in the Gulf.

"The health of the Gulf of Mexico is doing quite well. There are pockets here and there especially where major rivers do enter the Gulf of Mexico, but overall people are starting realize that it's up to them to protect the waters," says Buchanan.

The celebration shared space in War Memorial Park with this year's Art in the Pass.

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