Bays & Bayous Agenda Announced: More Than 180 Experts to Address Coastal Issues

MOBILE, Ala. – The Alabama-Mississippi Bays and Bayous Symposium, to be held Dec. 1-2, 2010 at the Mobile Convention Center in Mobile, has announced the fullest agenda in the event’s history. More than 180 scientists, industry representatives, resource managers, and community groups will present on topics related to this year’s theme: “Science, Industry, Community: Building Bridges to Coastal Health.” To view the program and to register for the event, visit the Bays and Bayous website.

The Alabama Mississippi Bays and Bayous Symposium is a bi-annual event held alternately in Mississippi and Alabama to provide an opportunity for the community to learn about the state of our coastal environment. Presentations at the event will focus on coastal water quality, living resources, habitat management, and sustainable communities.

Keynote speakers scheduled for this year’s Symposium include:

  • Dr. Paul Anastas, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Research and Development, U.S. EPA
  • Ricky Mathews, Chair of Alabama’s Coastal Recovery Commission,
  • Andreas Theuer, Head of Corporate Environmental Policies for ThyssenKrupp AG,
  • Dr. Wes Tunnell, Associate Director of the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies.

The Bays and Bayous Symposium is sponsored by the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program, Mississippi Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, NOAA Coastal Services Center, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Northern Gulf Institute, EPA Gulf of Mexico Program, Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Alabama State Port Authority, Evonik Degussa Corp., Gothic Arch Greenhouses, International Shipholding Corp., Oil Recovery Co., Partners for Environmental Progress, ThyssenKrupp, and Volkert and Associates.

The MBNEP’s mission is to lead the wise stewardship of water quality and living resources of the Mobile Bay and Tensaw Delta. The MBNEP serves as a catalyst for activities of estuary stakeholders, helping to build community-based organizational capacity for sound resource management and leveraging commitment and investment to ensure the estuary’s sustainability. For more information about this program, please contact the MBNEP office at 251-431-6409.