Ocean Springs, MS — The University of Southern Mississippi will continue to host and support the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium for the next six years announced MASGC's Board of Directors after a special meeting held July 31, 2001. As host institution, USM will provide the Consortium with facilities, staff support, contracts and grants administration, budgeting and accounting assistance, and other institutional benefits.
"USM is recognized as a leader in Marine Sciences and MASGC will benefit greatly from this formalized agreement with the university," says LaDon Swann, MASGC Interim Director. "MASGC will continue to work closely with USM to expand our program through increased outside funding partnerships."
This was the first time in MASGC's 29 years at USM's Gulf Coast Research Lab that a host institution change had been considered. Three of the nine member institutions submitted proposals to host the Sea Grant operation—Auburn University, Mississippi State University, and USM.
The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium is a federal-state partnership devoted to marine science research, education, and outreach in Mississippi and Alabama. It is one of 30 Sea Grant programs located throughout the United States. The Consortium currently manages $2.2 million, which funds research grants in such areas as marine biotechnology and sustainable fisheries, as well as sponsoring education and community projects. MASGC also supports its Sea Grant Legal Program at the University of Mississippi, two extension programs in Biloxi, MS and Mobile, AL, and an Office of Alabama Programs on Dauphin Island, AL.
The current members of the Consortium include: Auburn University, Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Jackson State University, Mississippi State University, University of Alabama, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Mississippi, University of Southern Mississippi, and University of South Alabama.