(September 12, 2016) --

National Estuaries Week will be held Sept. 17-24. Nationwide, Restore America's Estuaries partners with organizations like the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program to shine a spotlight on the importance of our estuaries.

Estuaries, like Mobile Bay, are where freshwater meets saltwater. Our estuaries are economically and environmentally important for many reasons, not the least of which, they serve has a nursery habitat for many commercially and recreationally important fish and shellfish, such as oysters, shrimp and red snapper. It is important for us to be good stewards and protect this vital part of our community.

For National Estuaries Week, the Discovery Hall Programs at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab will offer a deeper look at the pieces of our estuary puzzle. Join us on Saturday, September 24 at The Estuarium of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for an educational treat.

Learn about the animals living in our estuary, the dangers they face, and why it is important to help protect their habitat. Booths and presentations will showcase DISL research and guests will be treated to half price admission for the event.

Also, on Wednesday, September 21, Marine Educator Greg Graeber will host The Estuarium's Boardwalk Talk, ‘Sharks of the Mobile Bay Estuary.'