FAA Has Strong Presence on the Coast

The Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures (FAA) has greatly expanded its program in the coastal region of Alabama during recent years.

In the spring of 2003, FAA dedicated a new shellfish lab on Dauphin Island to serve as a base of research activities. In the spring of this year, they commissioned a new 44-foot research vessel, named the RV Mary Lou after FAA staff member Mary Lou Smith, to help with off-shore research. Both have been tremendous resources for research and extension activities but they have also given cause for increased stress during such storm events as the recent hurricanes. Fortunately, both the lab and research vessel escaped with little damage during Hurricane Katrina.

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