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The Mercury Forum
Mercury in the environment has been a major item on the environmental front for the past 30-plus years. This science-based program will serve as a forum for scientists, educators, consumer groups, environmentalists, industry, and policy makers to learn more about methylmercury in the environment. The meeting will also serve as a first step toward developing a comprehensive plan for addressing the issue that involves all stakeholder groups.

Coastal Cleanup 2012
The Mississippi Coastal Cleanup for this year is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012. The International Coastal Cleanup is a global project of the Ocean Conservancy and is supported by an international network of environmental and civic organizations, government agencies, industries, and individuals who remove debris and collect valuable information on the amount and types of debris. This information serves to educate the public on marine debris issues and to encourage positive changes that will reduce debris in waterways and enhance aquatic environments.

Extension, Outreach and Education Workshop
Extension, outreach and education (EOE) leaders from across the Gulf of Mexico were invited to participate in this EOE workshop to improve constituent engagement. The workshop was held August 12-13, 2008, at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel in Mobile, Alabama. The workshop took place from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on August 12 and from 8 a.m. until noon on August 13. There was no fee to attend the workshop. This EOE workshop was sponsored by NOAA’s Gulf of Mexico Regional Team.

Bays and Bayous Symposium 2008
On October 28-29, 2008, more than 150 presenters shared their research and case studies with the public at the Mississippi-Alabama Bays and Bayous Symposium at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center in Biloxi, Miss. Scientists, extension agents, community activists and educators shared information about their research projects and program activities at the event. They discussed coastal topics, such as oyster reef restoration efforts, engineering principles for designing living shorelines, population trends of sea life and issues related to hypoxia (which causes dead zones and jubilees). The two-day event included keynote speakers, networking opportunities and more than 150 oral and poster presentations. Attendees learned about the most relevant and contemporary issues facing Mississippi and Alabama as scientists presented their research findings in language everyone could understand. Keynote speaker Virginia Burkett, chief scientist for the U.S. Geological Survey, discussed climate change and its impacts on the Gulf region. Steven Murawski, chief scientist for NOAA Fisheries, spoke on ecosystem-based management. Topics at the symposium included coastal community action and stewardship; extension, outreach and education; natural hazards resiliency and the ocean’s role in climate; water resources: supply and quality; living estuarine resources; and habitat management and restoration.