Northern Gulf Institute Named NOAA's Cooperative Institute for the Gulf of Mexico Region
NOAA - July 18, 2016

​The NOAA award comes with a commitment of $7 million for the first year of a five-year award that can be renewed for another five years based on successful performance...

NASA-style mission needed to map ocean floor

Roland Pease, ​BBC - 6/17/16
​​Ocean experts have called for international action to generate the kinds of maps of global seabeds that space missions have already returned for the Moon and Mars.

The call to "map the gaps" comes from GEBCO, the General Bathymetric Chart of the Ocean, a body first set up in 1903 to compile maps from naval surveys around the world...

Southern Miss Announces New School of Ocean Science and Technology

Jenny Tate - 6/13/16

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) has taken transformative steps to fortify its reputation as the leader in marine education and research along the Gulf of Mexico with the formation of a new School of Ocean Science and Technology (SOST)..."Our goal is to expand and advance research in the Gulf of Mexico – work that directly impacts the regional and national economy,” said Dr. Monty Graham, Director of SOST. “Establishing this school allows The University of Southern Mississippi to assume a leading role in marine science and education in the Gulf of Mexico.”

Click here to visit the USM SOST online!

Plans for Coast Aquarium Revealed

Anita Lee - 3/25/16

GULFPORT — The $65 million Mississippi Aquarium planned for downtown will be unique.

The city unveiled the aquarium design to the general public Friday morning on the vacant site overlooking Gulfport’s harbor. 

​NOAA Releases Economic Study of the U.S. Ocean Enterprise
The U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS), part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Department of Commerce, released a first-of-its-kind study that looks at the economic impact of ocean observing systems.

The study identified more than 400 U.S. companies that contribute to ocean observations, measurements and forecasting - known as the Ocean Enterprise.  Based on the study, the U.S. Ocean Enterprise generates $7 billion in revenue annually, and 54% of companies 5 years or older expect the Ocean Enterprise segment of their business to grow in the next year.

The report was published February 16th, 2016 and is available online.


You can tell lawmakers how to spend BP money

Rogelio V. Solis AP - Sept. 19th, 2016

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves on September 19th revealed the locations of town hall meetings to talk about how to spend $750 million in Deepwater Horizon oil disaster money. The first meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday Sept. 22nd at the Lyman Community Center, 13742 U.S. 49 in Gulfport.

The second meeting will be at 11 a.m. Oct. 20 at Diamondhead City Hall, 5000 Diamondhead Circle.

The third meeting will be at 2 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Fine Arts Auditorium of the Gulf Coast Community College’s Gautier campus.

Lt. Gov. Reeves has said he would like to see the majority of the funds spent in south Mississippi. The state is set to receive $750 million over 15 years from the settlement to offset economic losses from the disaster.

Restoration news from Mississippi's Department of Environmental Quality

NOAA announces Long-term Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Research Priorities

NOAA News Release - May 6th, 2015

As part of the final version of the science plan for the NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program, today NOAA announced 10 long-term research priorities in the Gulf of Mexico, including how the Gulf’s waters, natural resources, fisheries and coastal communities are all interconnected. NOAA’s program supports research on the Gulf’s long-term ecological sustainability and its fisheries. Click here for the complete news release.

Regional News

The ‘Blue Economy’ to get a boost with $10M Marine Science Facility at Port of Gulfport

Becky Gillette - 09/01/16

“It will be a unique facility,”

said Dr. Monty Graham,

director of the USM School

of Ocean Science and

Technology. “The facility is

going to help the school centralize our ability to move people on and off the shore and get their research and education programs out to sea. The biggest element of that is our 135-foot research boat Point Sur, which is homeported in Gulfport. This facility will be an extension of that ship. Scientists and crew can stage and put equipment together, make brackets, and fix electronics inside the facility. It will be our principal marine operations support facility.”

Graham said currently USM is applying to the Institutions of Higher Learning to start offering an ocean engineering program. There are less than ten such programs in the country. Graham said the Marine Science Facility would be ideal to support that program...

Southern Miss Joins with Pelagic Research Services for Gulf Research

James Skrmetta - 02/19/2016

“The partnership between Pelagic Research Services (PRS) and the USMRF represents a new way for the university to fulfill its marine research mission when technologies can be cost-prohibitive,” said Monty Graham, interim director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory and chair of the Department of Marine Science at Southern Miss. “Partnering with the private sector can be a win-win and we should look for more ways to work with the private sector in the areas of marine technologies in the future.”

For additional regional news visit the:

Gulf Coast Shipbuilding/Maritime Blog


MIST Cluster in The News!

NASA post news story featuring MIST Company, Innovative Imaging and Research (I2R), Inc.  Revolutionary Camera Recording Propulsion Data Completes Groundbreaking Test. The story went number 1 on Reddit when released and was a lead featured story on the FOX News online Science page. The story features amazing video made by I2R's High Dynamic Range Stereo X (HiDyRS-X), a revolutionary high-speed, high dynamic range camera developed under a partnership with the NASA Stennis Space Center.

MIST Cluster Companies Win NOAA SBIR Contracts!
Joe Graben – 8/9/2016
In June, three MIST Cluster small business members were notified by NOAA of their being selected for negotiation of SBIR contracts. Two of these companies were awarded Phase 2 SBIR contracts worth up to $400,000.00. Proteus Technologies, LLC located in Slidell, LA with offices in the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MSET) business incubator at the NASA Stennis Space Center has been selected by NOAA to complete research and development for its innovative Stable, Towed, Volumetric Hydrophone Array.

Innovative Imaging and Research (I2R), Inc., another MSET business incubator tenant, has been selected by NOAA to complete research and development supporting NOAA’s need for an Accurate Nightlight for Satellite Calibration for Weather and Climate Applications.

Mechelen, LLC located at the Stennis Space Center, MS was selected for a NOAA Phase I SBIR award for development of its innovative Smart Module Commercial Development Research. Phase 1 awards are up to $120,000.00 and up to a six month period of performance. The purpose of NOAA’s Phase I is to determine the scientific, technical, and commercial merit and feasibility of the proposed research and the quality of performance of the small business concern receiving an award.

For more information on the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs and related federal Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs visit: For assistance in competing in these programs contact the MIST Cluster today.

MIST sessions could open the door to federal contracts - Lisa Monti, Mississippi Business Journal, January 29, 2015

MIST Small Business Summit Presentation

January 15, 2015

'Blue Economy' important for Mississippi's future - Lisa Monti, Mississippi Business JournalDecember 18, 2014 (related: Mississippi's Blue EconomyReport)

Blue Tech Economic Engine Shifts into High Gear - Marine Technology Reporter, October 2014

SBA Announces Four New Regional Innovation Cluster Awards - U.S. Small Business Administration Press Release, September 30, 2014

New Report Details Mississippi's "Blue" Economy & is leading to Maritime Cluster Development - Gulf of Mexico Coastal Observing Systems (GCOOS-RA)

September 15, 2014 

Marine Science and Technology News


Marine Industries Science & Technology Cluster