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Pfiesteria Hysteria: The Towns Tale. Youre an aquatic ecologist with North Carolina State University, you have been assigned to be a field biologist at.

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1 Pfiesteria Hysteria: The Towns Tale

2 Youre an aquatic ecologist with North Carolina State University, you have been assigned to be a field biologist at the Pamlico Sound Research Station. To zoom in on your North Carolina location click the link below:

3 Pamlico is a small fishing town...

4 that loves and depends on their fish a lot.

5 Then one day, a local fisherman brings you a fish and says he thinks there is something in the water killing all the fish. He tells you there must be millions of dead fish in the Pungo River.

6 You and your team immediately go and investigate.

7 With your findings the Governor has set up a task force comprised of the following people: Commercial Users of the Bay: Watermen: Crabs, Oysters, etc, Commercial Fishermen Seafood Processor Boat & Dock Maintenance Associated Commercial Use Transportation: Trucker, Rail, etc Seafood Restaurant Grocery Motel Owner Boat & Recreation (ie Waterskiing, etc) Small Farming Industrial Chicken Farming (Purdue) Stockholders in Commercial Real Estate Health Insurance

8 Personal Applications Homeowner, Retiree Water & Sport User Scientific Molecular NIH, CARB, Marine Biotechnology (Columbus Center) Environmental, Natural EPA, CBF, FDA, DNR Water Company Filtration Plant Local, State Health Department Media & Publicity Local & National TV, Radio, Newspaper Public Relations for State & Region Education Students, Teachers, Public Public Policy Local, State & National Politicians

9 In order to prepare for our Governors Conference you will: 1. Complete the Pfiesteria Lit to gain background knowledge about the organisms biology; the effects on the ecosystem; the health, economic, and public policy issues involved. 2. Meet with your groups and consider which groups of people, or organizations might a. be impacted by a Pfiesteria outbreak b. have pertinent knowledge about the cause or solution to an outbeak c. might be able to implement policy to prevent further outbreaks

10 3. Role play as a member of one of the constituencies identified in #2. As part of your assignment, you will identify risks (risks to the ecosystem, the health, the economy) and perform a risk / benefit analysis for your particular issue. This will also be prepared as a written document to appear in the permanent record. 4. Present your testimony to the Governor and his panel at the conference. The Governor will discuss an overall risk / benefit analysis and make a final decision for future action.

11 Good luck. The health of this ecosystem depends on you!


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