USM Marine Research Center ribbon cutting

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This morning dozens of people, as well as local and state officials, joined together to officially cut the ribbon on the University of Southern Mississippi Marine Research Center in Gulfport.

The marine research center at the Port of Gulfport is a two-story, 18,000 square foot state of the art building. Students have access to the university’s 135 foot research vessel Point Sur which sits on the Port of Gulfport right behind the facility.

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Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant tells News 25 he is excited to see what students will be able to accomplish with this new facility. “Thousands of students for generations will be able to come here and study this warm water, the Gulf of Mexico, so you will see us help map the bottom of it. You will see us looking at the animal life and fish life within those waters to make sure that they are protected. It’s going to be a lot of jobs and a lot of opportunity.”