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Mirabilio to Receive Conservation Award
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: E-Ching Lee, 919/515-9098, firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Sara Mirabilio, North Carolina Sea Grant fisheries specialist, has been selected for the 2011 N.C. Natural Resources Scientist of the Year Award.
The Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards program is administered by the N.C. Wildlife Federation. The natural resources scientist award honors outstanding scientific effort by an individual working for governmental agencies, educational institutions or related enterprises.
Mirabilio is cited for her devotion to sound science and solid research that provide invaluable data for enhancing North Carolina’s coastal and marine environment.
“What really sets Sara apart is her commitment not only to the resources, but to the people, families and communities of coastal North Carolina. She is respected at the same high level by both the scientific community and the coastal constituents that she serves as a Sea Grant specialist,” explains Jack Thigpen, Sea Grant extension director.
Mirabilio’s innovative research on turtle excluder devices in the offshore flounder fishery is providing data that will protect threatened and endangered sea turtles, as well as help to increase targeted catch profitability for North Carolinas’ fishing families.
In addition, she works with coastal fishing communities on sustainable development projects, particularly with the Saltwater Connections resource team. This community development project, funded by the N.C. Rural Center, is helping to strengthen the economic, social and environmental status of 21 unincorporated communities in Dare, Hyde and Carteret counties.
For a complete list of recipients, visit www.ncwf.org/awards. The awards ceremony is scheduled for Sept. 8 in Cary.
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