Posts Tagged ‘commercial fishing’

Council approves drastic cut in red snapper season in Gulf

GULF OF MEXICO — Charter boat and recreational fishermen will have only 11 days to reel in red snapper from the Gulf of Mexico this year. The limited snapper season, which was 42 days last year, is set to begin June 1 in federal waters. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council approved the emergency […] [...]

MDMR closes oyster reefs due to heavy rains

GULF OF MEXICO — Heavy rain has prompted Mississippi officials to close oyster reefs. Mississippi’s Department of Marine Resources said in a news release that all reefs closed at 4 p.m. Friday. No specific date for re-opening was given. Officials said the reefs will reopen when water samples meet state criteria. Heavy rainfall can affect […] [...]

Commercial fishermen now need endorsement for seatrout

GULF OF MEXICO — Beginning May 1, commercial fishermen will be required to obtain an endorsement along with their commercial fishing license in order to harvest spotted seatrout. The endorsement is $10, and fishermen must complete an application showing that $5,000 of seafood product was sold in any 12 consecutive-month period. That proof can include […] [...]

Lawmakers believe disaster assistance will help oyster, crab industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) say they are optimistic that $10.9 million in disaster assistance awarded to Mississippi will help the state’s commercial oyster and blue crab industries recover from setbacks caused by flooding in 2011. Cochran, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Wicker, a […] [...]

Omega Protein shifting vessels to Mississippi

MOSS POINT — Omega Protein Corporation, a nutritional product company and an integrated producer of omega-3 fish oil and specialty protein products, has unveiled a plan to streamline its Gulf of Mexico operations and increase efficiencies through the permanent closure of the company’s menhaden fish processing plant located in Cameron, La., and the redeployment of […] [...]

Oyster reef recloses after one day due to water quality

GULF OF MEXICO — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources says the oyster reef area that opened Dec. 9 closed yesterday due to water sample results. The area includes southern portions of the Pass Christian and Henderson Point reefs, Square Handkerchief Reef and northern portions of the Pass Marianne and Telegraph reefs. All other areas […] [...]

DMR reopens oyster reefs after two-week closure

GULF OF MEXICO — The Department of Marine Resources has reopened oyster reefs in Pass Christian and Henderson Point. The reefs also include Handkerchief Reef and northern areas of Pass Marianne and Telegraph reefs. The areas were closed Nov. 26. All other reefs remain closed until testing shows they are once again safe for human […] [...]

DMR closes reefs to oystermen over water quality

GULF OF MEXICO — Several Mississippi oyster reefs have been closed because of questionable water quality. The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources closed the reefs. They will remain closed until further notice. The affected areas include: — Area II “A” waters, including northern portions of the Pass Christian and Henderson Point reefs and Hornets reef. […] [...]

DMR opens oyster reefs that were closed due to T.S. Karen

GULF OF MEXICO — Oyster reefs that were closed Oct. 3 due to the threat of Tropical Storm Karen will reopen today, according to officials with the Department of Marine Resources. Those areas include: • Area II “A” – Conditionally Approved Waters — This area includes northern portions of the Pass Christian and Henderson Point […] [...]

Oyster reefs’ opening delayed by heavy rains

GULF OF MEXICO — Several oyster reefs that were scheduled to open yesterday for commercial tonging will remain closed due to heavy rain earlier this week. Also, the stage of the Pearl River in Louisiana is forecast by the National Weather Service to exceed the management plan criteria for these areas. Those areas include: Area […] [...]

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