The Port of Gulfport and the University of Southern Mississippi have joined their efforts to build a new Marine Research Center near the port. Roughly $10 million will be invested in this project, based on the estimates.
According to Jonathan Daniels, Port Director, this new Marine Research Center is probably the most important program that has ever been developed in the Port of Gulfport. In other words, the Center won’t be just a building but a vision.
The new Marine Research Center is constructed on a large area of the port, the intersection of 30th Avenue and Highway 90. The port officials decided to bring their contribution to this project which has many targets, besides education and conservation.
Daniel adds that the USM and the port will focus on the blue economy expansion and not only. This research center will be one of the state’s symbol. USM is widely popular for its extensive research programs.
Dr. Gordon Cannon, USM Research Vice President, says that “It’s going to act as a gateway, anchored to the port, as we move forward in understanding the science and technology that helps us benefit from living on the Gulf of Mexico.”
According to Mayor Hewes, the Marine Research Center will fit with the new aquarium project. He further said that the research center would improve the tourism and education. Also, it will help the Gulfport’s economy.
Governor Bryant underlines that thanks to this new project, the state will be able to expand its blue economy initiative even further. Also, it represents the perfect opportunity for researchers to continue their work in understanding the ocean.
USM leaders said that the new research center would include classroom and lab space as well, while other 3,500 feet would serve for the new USM program of the so-called ‘ocean engineering.’
Therefore, young researchers will have the opportunity to learn more about the ocean and its mysteries, whereas experienced scientists will develop a new project to understand climate change better.
The new Marine Research Center will be the place where specialists will try to discover new ways to deal with the bleaching event, pollution, invasive species, and any other issues concerning ocean life.
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