Free panel discussion on oyster restoration

Free panel discussion on oyster restoration

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - The University of Southern Mississippi is holding a free discussion called Science on the Half Shell: Mississippi Sound Oysters from Mississippi Sound Science. The event will be held on Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center auditorium on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The discussion, which will focus on oyster restoration in Mississippi, will feature panelists from the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory and Department of Marine Science at USM, as well as the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources.

"Science is the key, and we hope to increase the trust that the public should have in its university and state resource scientists who are playing such a critical role in the restoration process," said Dr. Monty Graham, with the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory.

"Oysters are a vital part of the ecosystem of the Mississippi Sound and the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the economy of South Mississippi," said Dr. Kelly Lucas, with the DMR.  "Panel discussions such as these provide a better understanding of the critical role oysters and research partnerships have in our area."

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