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Commercial fishing catch up to pre-oil spill level

GULF OF MEXICO — Fishing boats in the Gulf of Mexico hauled in more menhaden and other species last year compared with 2010, when millions of gallons of oil spewed from a blown well, according to a federal fisheries report. But it’s too early to rule out any long-term effects from the spill, said Roy […] [...]

OSHA fines Omega for violations found after worker’s death

MOSS POINT — A federal safety agency has proposed fines of $79,200 for Omega Protein Inc. for 25 safety and health violations found after the death of a worker who got caught in a rotating screw conveyor. The Sun Herald reports the Occupational Safety and Health Administration released its findings yesterday from an inspection in […] [...]

Scientists predicting above-average haul of brown shrimp

GULF OF MEXICO — Mississippi’s brown shrimp season opened May 30, one of the earliest openings on record, when sampling confirmed shrimp had reached a size of 68 count per pound, the state requirement. Mississippi Department of Marine Resources biologist Bill Richardson tells The Sun Herald the first two weeks of the season brought in […] [...]

Commission unanimously approves sea turtle study resolution

GULF OF MEXICO — The Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources (CMR) unanimously approved a Sea Turtle Study Resolution, which was presented to them for approval at the June 19 CMR meeting. The approved resolution was submitted to the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and requested a comprehensive Gulf of Mexico […] [...]

Commission votes to oppose Louisiana’s water annexation

GULF OF MEXICO — At a special meeting of the Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources (MCMR), the commissioners unanimously passed a resolution opposing Louisiana’s move to extend its state water boundaries Gulf-ward into federal waters. The approved resolution has been submitted to the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office. The resolution states: “The MCMR is opposed to […] [...]

Just like 2011, shrimpers see bigger catch but weaker prices

GULF OF MEXICO — The shrimp are slightly bigger, but prices are down, making this year’s season-opening in Biloxi comparable to last year’s start. During the first two weeks of the 2012 season, 1.137 million pounds of shrimp were landed in Biloxi. In the same time in 2011, 1.124 million pounds were landed at the […] [...]

Commission wants NOAA to reconsider proposed TED rule for shrimpers

BILOXI — The Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources has asked the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to conduct more studies before implementing a rule requiring turtle excluder devices on shrimp skimmer trawlers operating in state waters. On June 6, NOAA’s Marine Fisheries Service held a hearing in D’Iberville on a proposed rule to require the […] [...]

State’s shrimpers seeing average season, bad weather

GULF OF MEXICO — About 20 days into the 2012 Mississippi shrimp season, those in the seafood industry are calling the season average so far. Shrimpers tell WLOX TV in Biloxi weather conditions, primarily heavy winds, have forced many boats to remain tied at the dock. Captain Jerry Brumbaugh and his crew spent seven days […] [...]

Agency wants judge suspended for allegedly fixing oyster fishing citations

BAY ST. LOUIS — A state judicial watchdog agency is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to suspend a Hancock County Justice Court judge for ticket fixing. The petition was filed with the court by the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance against Judge Tommy Carver. The Sea Coast Echo reports the petition cites Carver for misconduct […] [...]

Shrimp season opening date set for May 30

GULF OF MEXICO — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) has set the opening date of the 2012-2013 shrimp season in Mississippi territorial waters for 6 a.m., May 30. Shrimp season will close at midnight, Dec. 31, except south of the Intracoastal Waterway. In addition, all state waters shall close to shrimping activities, except […] [...]

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