The Second Annual Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Symposium has been announced for September 12-14 at the TradeWinds Island Resort in St. Pete Beach.

The inaugural event, held this past September, drew a unique gathering of major stakeholders in the Gulf of Mexico, including recreational and commercial fishermen, non-government organizations (NGOs) and government regulators, marine research scientists, law enforcement and Dr. Guy Harvey, whose donation of $500,000 following the catastrophic Deepwater Horizon oil spill initiated a study on the resulting effects on the Gulf Fisheries.

The largest sponsors were NOAA, the University of South Florida, the Florida Institute of Oceanography and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. Mote Marine Laboratory and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation also contributed substantially to the event.

The 2013 symposium will feature a scientific update on September 12-13 to be followed with a public family day on Saturday, September 14 featuring a seafood festival, contests and prizes and Guy Harvey posters.

The ultimate mission of the symposium is to provide a platform where all stakeholder groups can share knowledge and move forward with a unified mission of a sustainable and healthy fishery in the Gulf of Mexico.

Logo courtesy Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation

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