Submerged Aquatic Vegetation and Seagrass of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama Coasts

Tuesday May 24, 2011 – Tuesday May 24, 2011

Grand Bay NERR

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Description:

Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) and Seagrasses are a critical coastal habitat. Attend this one day workshop to learn about local and regional SAV & Seagrass: 

  • Biology, Distribution, & Importance
  • Research, Monitoring & Restoration
  • Management Issues & Strategies

All presentations will be given by researchers and environmental professionals who work along the Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama coasts. This workshop is free and lunch will be provided.

When: May 24th, All Day

Where: Grand Bay NERR Coastal Resources Center, Room 101

Who Should Attend:  Natural Resource Managers, Ecotourism Operators, Mitigation Bank Managers, Researchers, Wetland Professionals and Consultants, Nonprofit Association Staff, and State and Federal Regulators.

Printable Flyer: https://grandbaynerr.org/?attachment_id=1270

 

Workshop Agenda With Links to Presentations

8:30 – 8:35            Welcome, Avia Huisman, Coastal Training Program Coordinator, Grand Bay NERR

8:35 – 8:45            Purpose of Meeting, David Ruple, Manager, Grand Bay NERR

8:45 – 8:50            Dedication and Memorium for Dr. Lionel N. Eleuterius, Dr. Patrick Biber, Associate Professor of Marine Botany for the Department of Coastal Sciences at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research

8:50 – 9:15            An Introduction to the Biology of Submerged Aquatic Vegetation and Seagrass of our Coastal Waters, Dr. Hyun Jung Cho, Associate Professor, Department of Biology at Jackson State University

9:15 – 9:45            Seagrass Meadows: Nursery Habitats of the Coastal Ocean, Dr. Ken Heck, Senior Marine Scientist and Professor for the University of South Alabama and Assistant Director of the Alabama Center for Estuarine Studies.

9:45 – 10:15         Mapping Long Term Trends of Mississippi and Alabama Barrier Island Seagrass, Dr. Patrick Biber, Associate Professor of Marine Botany for the Department of Coastal Sciences at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Gulf Coast Research Lab (GCRL). and Linh Pham,  Doctoral Student of Marine Botany for the Department of Coastal Sciences at the USM GCRL.

10:15 – 10:30       Break

10:30 – 11:00       Controls and Importance of Submerged Aquatic Vegetation in Coastal Alabama, Dr. Just Cebrian, Senior Marine Scientist and Associate Professor for the University of South Alabama

11:00 – 11:30       Habitat Suitability Index for Submerged Aquatic Vegetation in the Coastal River Systems, Dr. Hyun Jung Cho, Associate Professor, Department of Biology at Jackson State University

11:30 – 12:00       Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Restoration and Management from the Biologist and Resource Manager Perspective, Carol Franze, Associate Marine Agent for LA Sea Grant Program and the LSU AgCenter

12:00 – 1:00         Catered Lunch

1:00 – 1:20            An Overview of the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve’s SAV Research Program, Will Underwood, Stewardship Coordinator for the Grand Bay NERR

1:20 – 1:50            Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Mapping in Alabama Coastal Waters in 2008 and 2009, Tim Thibaut, Senior Program Manager for Barry A. Vittor & Associates,Inc.

1:50– 2:10             Management and Permitting Concerns Related to Submerged Aquatic Vegetation and Seagrass in Mississippi, Willa Brantley, Director of Wetland Permitting for the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources

2:10 – 2:30            Science-based Conservation of Priority Waterfowl Habitats in the Western Gulf Coast: Efforts for Seagrasses and SAV, Dr. Mike Brasher, Biological Team Leader, Gulf Coast Joint Venture

2:30 – 3:15            Brainstorming/Discussion Session

Topics

• SAV Research Needs for Resource Management

• Management Implications from SAV Research

• Getting the word out about SAV & Seagrass

3:15 – 3:30           Wrap Up and Evaluation

 

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