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May 17, 2006




(Jackson, Mississippi)—Governor Haley Barbour today announced the reappointment of Dr. Vernon Asper, of Diamondhead, to the Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources. Dr. Asper will serve as chairperson of this commission, which represents the interests of commercial seafood processors, nonprofit environmental organizations, charter boat operators, recreational fishermen, and commercial fishermen in the State of Mississippi.


“With his extensive marine research and years of educational training, Dr. Asper brings a wealth of talent to this commission. I know he will do an excellent job serving the citizens of Mississippi,” Governor Barbour said.


Dr. Asper is currently a professor at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he previously served as Dean of the College of Marine Sciences. He is a member of the Ecosystem Scientific and Statistical Committee of the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council; South Universities Research Association Board of Oceans and Atmosphere; board of directors of the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve; and The Oceanographic Society Council. Additionally, Dr. Asper’s professional memberships include the Sierra Club, National Audubon Society, American Geophysical Union, and Experimental Aircraft Association. He has conducted marine research since 1986, spending a total of 935 days at sea on 30 vessels and 2 submersibles and visiting 10 countries throughout the world. Most recently, Dr. Asper has been studying in Antarctica.


He earned a bachelor’s degree from Messiah College in Grantham, Penn.; a master’s degree from the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, Hawaii; and a doctorate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Mass.