Little Lagoon Preservation Society News
Press Register July 14, 2010.
Little Lagoon Preservation Society to meet: Speaker to discuss "Trying to Get a Grip on the Ecological Effects of the Oil Spill on Alabama's Coastal Waters: Oysters as an Indicator"
Published: Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 5:30 PM Updated: Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 5:39 PM
(John David Mercer, Staff Photographer)Gov. Bob Riley takes an aerial survey of the Alabama coastline near Little Lagoon in early May as oil leaking from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead continued to spread in the Gulf of Mexico. The Little Lagoon Preservation Society is holding its quarterly membership meeting on Tuesday and will include an update on the ongoing lagoon protection efforts.
GULF SHORES, Ala. -- Little Lagoon Preservation Society is scheduled to hold its quarterly membership meeting at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Adult Activity Center in Gulf Shores.
The first 15 minutes of the meeting is an opportunity to mingle and enjoy refreshments with LLPS members, officers, guest speakers and the general public.
Featured speaker will be Bill Walton from Auburn University. Walton will speak about “Trying to Get a Grip on the Ecological Effects of the Oil Spill on Alabama’s Coastal Waters: Oysters as an Indicator.”
As the oil spill continues, oysters will be one of the most reliable measures of the extent and potential effects of the spill on Alabama’s coastal plants and animals, according to the LLPS. These filter-feeding organisms will be used by a number of resource managers and scientists as indicator species throughout the Gulf of Mexico.
Walton, assistant professor in Auburn University’s Department of Fisheries & Allied Aquacultures and Alabama Cooperative Extension System specialist, studies the fisheries, restoration and aquaculture of oysters and other marine invertebrates (e.g., crabs, shrimp) at Auburn University’s Shellfish Laboratory on Dauphin Island.
He will provide a general overview of the potential short and long-term ecological effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the plants and animals that live within Alabama’s coastal waters. In addition, he will focus on the potential effects of this spill on oysters, as both a commercially important species that supports a substantial industry as well as valuable indicator species.
Other topics to be discussed after the guest speaker’s discussion include the following.
- Review of efforts by local, state and federal agencies to protect Little Lagoon from oil spill impact.
- Review pass redesign plans.
- Review of LLPS effort to have the lagoon designated as Geographic Area of Particular Concern.
- Review of redesigned LLPS website.
- Treasurer’s report.