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February 22, 2008

DNR Marine Center open house is featured on new Web site

Find out more about the Marine Resources Division’s Open House to be held at the Marine Resources Center in Charleston on Saturday, May 3 at a new Web site.

The public can get general information about the S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Open House event from directions, a lineup of events to the listing of participating booths and partners involved.

Exhibits, displays, hands-on activities and seminars will 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 Fort Johnson campus: Hollings Marine Laboratory, NOAA, College of Charleston, and the Medical University of South Carolina during the 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. open house on May 3.

Live animals, food, a touch tank, and research vessel and history tours will be among the attractions. More than 30 booths and demonstrations will showcase activities such as cast netting, fish printing, seafood cooking, sea turtle conservation and fish tagging. Visitors will learn about boating safety, freshwater fishery management techniques, climatology, and shellfish bed building and maintenance.
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 to the Harry Hampton banquet 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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