Posts Tagged ‘commercial fishing’

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 […] [...]

CMR approves limited oyster-harvesting season

GULF OF MEXICO — The Commission on Marine Resources has voted to open a limited oyster season in Mississippi on Sept. 30 for tonging and Oct. 14 for dredging. The Sun Herald reports oystering will be allowed in conditionally approved areas on the Telegraph, Pass Marianne and Pass Christian reefs. Southern portions of Telegraph and […] [...]

Cochran pushing for measures aimed at protecting shrimpers

GULF OF MEXICO — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is pushing the enforcement of trade rules that would allow the U.S. shrimp industry “to compete with international competition on a level playing field.” Cochran today submitted testimony to the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) for an investigative hearing on the economic threat to the U.S. […] [...]

Cold, wet spring negatively impacts shrimpers

GULF OF MEXICO — More than 250 boats launched on June 11 to open the shrimp season in Mississippi’s coastal waters. A cold, wet spring delayed the season’s start, which opened June 1 last year. “The things farmers hate — drought and heat — are great for shrimp production,” said Dave Burrage, commercial and recreational […] [...]

Agency sets opening date for 2013-2014 shrimping season

GULF OF MEXICO — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has set the opening date of the 2013-14 shrimp season in Mississippi territorial waters for June 11 at 6 a.m. All regulations set forth in ordinances of the MDMR will be in full force and effect and all boats engaged in catching or transporting shrimp […] [...]

Waters closed to oystermen due to swollen river

GULF OF MEXICO — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has closed Area II “E” Conditionally Approved Waters and Area II “F” Conditionally Approved Waters to the harvest of oysters, effective at 4 p.m. yesterday. The agency reports it took the action due to the Pearl River stage exceeding MDMR’s management plan criteria for these […] [...]

ITC rules domestic shrimpers injured by subsidized imports

BILOXI — The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) determined that there was a reasonable indication that the domestic shrimp industry is injured by subsidized imports of shrimp from China, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, according to the Coalition of Gulf Shrimp Industries (COGSI). COGSI filed petitions seeking relief from subsidized shrimp imports on […] [...]

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