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April 18, 2008

Marine Resources open house to feature variety of programs

The Marine Resources Center Open House will be held on Saturday, May 3rd from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and will provide the public with a free opportunity to learn about all of the ongoing work by numerous state and federal agencies that are located at Ft. Johnson.

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hosting the Open House event, which will feature exhibits, displays, hands-on activities and seminars that showcase the efforts of DNR to protect, conserve and manage the state's woods and waters, especially marine resources. The DNR will be joined by its partners on the Ft. Johnson campus: Hollings Marine Laboratory, NOAA, College of Charleston, and the Medical University of South Carolina.

As a spotlight of projects showcased during the Open House, the Hollings Marine Laboratory will offer insight into many of their programs throughout the day, including information about Marine Genomics, Marine Biospecimen Bank, and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, to name a few.

The Genomics project reflects a cooperative effort between faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina, DNR, NOAA, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the College of Charleston and Clemson University. The program has targeted white shrimp, oysters and bottlenose dolphin for intensive investigation of genetic responses to environmental challenges and disease. The Marine Environmental Specimen Bank is a research and monitoring program that assists researchers with answering questions regarding trends in environmental contaminants. The Nuclear Magnetic Resonance program uses high-powered instruments to further research in medicine and environmental areas that require a detailed knowledge of what is 'out there.'

For additional information about the event and a glimpse of DNR program opportunities, such as a seminar schedule and exhibit list, visit the DNR Website. Admission is free and parking and transportation will be provided from James Island Charter High School.

In addition to the Open House, Fort Johnson will also host the 2008 Harry Hampton Marine Conservation Banquet and Auction, to be held the night before, from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, May 2. Attendees will be able to preview some of the Open House displays, exhibits and activities, as they enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres, beverages and live and silent auctions.

Tickets are $25 per person or $40 per couple. For information and tickets, call (843) 953-9103.

DNR protects and manages South Carolina's natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state's natural resources and its people.

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