Kids name Gulf Safe Egret "Elvis"

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - From the MS Dept. of Marine Resources

BILOXI, MS - The shrimp-eating snowy egret featured on 13 Mississippi Gulf Safe seafood billboards across the Coast will be affectionately known as Elvis.

The Mississippi Seafood Marketing Program, under the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR), held a Name the Gulf Safe Egret contest for Coast children ages 12 and under. The contest ended this week and after careful consideration of all the creative and funny entries, the contest judges couldn't resist the name Elvis.

The Seafood Marketing Program would like to thank all the children who participated in the contest and congratulate the winners. The winning entry was submitted by both Conner Smothers, 12, of Diamondhead and by Tyler Fulmer, 11, of Biloxi.

Both winners will receive a fishing rod and reel, a T-shirt from the Biloxi Seafood Museum and four tickets for a 2.5-hour walk-on sail aboard a 65-foot two-masted gaff-rigged Biloxi schooner, the Glenn L. Swetman or the Mike Sekul.

The Name the Gulf Safe Egret contest was a promotion of the Gulf Safe seafood campaign, an ongoing awareness drive organized by the DMR's Mississippi Seafood Marketing Program. The message of the campaign is that Gulf seafood is safe, only harvested from open, regulated waters, tested extensively and is of the highest quality.