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Gulf Coast Research Laboratory scientists and marine educators invited to New Orleans
for OCEARCH Shark Week

Staffers from the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory were invited to participate in the Audubon Nature Institute’s OCEARCH Shark Week from Nov. 30 through Dec. 6, 2015 in New Orleans.

OCEARCH Shark Week incorporates educational programming in conjunction with a temporary visit by the OCEARCH shark research vessel, the M/V OCEARCH, which will be docked outside the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas for public viewing through Dec. 6, 2015.

A special Shark Research Exhibit will be on display in the Pisces Room of the Audubon Aquarium and will feature a life size great white shark, tracking screens to view tagged sharks, shark dissection stations, education stations and OCEARCH tagging videos.

USM’s GCRL will be represented by Dr. Jessie Kastler, research associate and coordinator of program development for the Marine Education Center, Jill Hendon, research scientist for the Center for Fisheries Research and Development and manager of the Shark Research Program, and Dr. Andy Evans, assistant professor for the Division of Coastal Sciences and manager of the Shark Research Program; as well as many members of their staff.

GCRL staffers have been on hand throughout the week to provide activities and information on sharks located directly in the Gulf Coast region. The GCRL booth features a large shark handling activity, shark blood analysis, photo booth, and trawl sorting activity.

Guests are also encouraged to obtain information on popular field camp activities GCRL offers such as Shark Fest, Angler Camp, Sea Camp, and Summer Field Program.