MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY COASTAL RESEARCH AND EXTENSION CENTER VISITS THE MARINE SCIENCE PROGRAM

The Saint Stanislaus Marine Science program recently hosted Mandy Sartain, Extension Program Assistant with the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center. Sartain spoke to the Saint Stanislaus Marine Science classes about marine debris, the major sources and different types of marine debris, and the impact marine debris has on the environment. Sartain also gave the students ideas on what people can do to help stop the amount of marine debris entering our local ecosystems.

Earlier this year, Saint Stanislaus Marine Science students had started implementing, “It only takes two hands” during fieldwork.  Students aren’t allowed to return to the lab until they pick up two pieces of trash from our beachfront (one piece of trash in each hand). Saint Stanislaus Marine Science teacher, Mrs. Letha Boudreaux is challenging each Marine Science class to create something that will bring awareness about marine debris in our area. Each Marine Science class working with the Saint Stanislaus Advanced Art class, taught by Mrs. Cathy Lawson, will create a piece to help educate fellow students on protecting our local marine environments.