Jaycees Renew Support of USA Marine Sciences
MOBILE - The Mobile Jaycees today continued their support of the marine sciences department at the University of South Alabama.
The Jaycees, sponsors of the annual Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo, presented a check for $10,000 to support research by USA's marine sciences graduate students. The Jaycees also awarded $1,500 for scholarships to be used to further support the students. The University currently enrolls 44 marine sciences graduate students; 19 are working toward a Ph.D., and 25 are in the master's degree program.
"The rodeo is about fishing and the excitement of the big catch, but it's equally about conservation and studying marine biology so that the rodeo will continue for future generations," Dr. Bob Shipp, USA marine sciences professor and chairman and ADSFR judge, said. "As a sporting event, it can't be beat," he added, "but it is also an incredibly valuable research opportunity." The ADSFR is the biggest and oldest fishing rodeo in the country.
Among the spectators and workers at the July 18-20 rodeo will be
more than a dozen USA marine sciences students working behind the
scenes, helping to dissect the fish and prepare the skeletal remains
for the many interested requests they get from international marine
researchers. Marine scientists from England, Germany and the University
of Massachusetts will also be on hand. "This is incredible exposure
for the students," Shipp said.
USA department of marine sciences continues to play a critical role
in marine research in the Gulf of Mexico, Andy Cook, ADSFR
president, said. We are committed to maintaining our close
relationship with the University and rely on their specie recommendations
in keeping the fish population strong. To date, the Jaycees
have donated more than $70,000 to the USA marine sciences program.
USA is also the lead university in the Alabama Center for Estuarine
Studies, which is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency
and is dedicated to protecting and preserving the delicate estuary
We have a wonderful natural resource right in our backyard,
Shipp noted, and were all working together to keep it
safe and healthy.
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Bob Lowry at 460-6211