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Survey seeks input on marine research needs

By: Melissa Schneider / Published: Aug 10,  2007

Anyone interested in Gulf of Mexico coastal and marine issues is invited to complete a survey that will help scientists and funding agencies prioritize regional research and informational needs.

Participants can help shape the future direction of Gulf of Mexico research, discovery and information dissemination by identifying the topics they believe are most important.

Resources that help scientists and managers understand the natural and human-caused impacts on the Gulf are limited, yet coastal and marine concerns continue to rise. Current topics of concern include stewardship of natural and cultural resources, ecosystem and human health, marine operations, natural hazards and the ocean’s role in climate.

This survey and other stakeholder input will be used to develop a regional priorities plan for the Gulf of Mexico research community. The plan will assist research-based organizations collaboratively work to address the most-pressing needs.

The Gulf of Mexico Research Prioritization and Information Needs project is coordinated regionally by the Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi-Alabama and Texas Sea Grant programs and engages federal, state, university, non-governmental and international organizations. The project is funded through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. For more information, contact Steve Sempier, Sea Grant Gulf of Mexico research coordinator, at stephen.sempier@usm.edu or (662) 325-5509.

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