BILOXI — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), in coordination with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), announce that Mississippi oysters are safe for human consumption. Mississippi oyster season is closed during the summer months and typically […] [...]
GULF OF MEXICO — Shrimp landings may be way below average this season, but the quality of Gulf shrimp is still good.
Shrimping began on time when state waters opened June 3. Because of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, partial closures were implemented beginning June 8. By July 1, state waters had completely closed.
“With […] [...]
GULF OF MEXICO — Gov. Bobby Jindal wants a $173-million program — paid for by BP PLC — to monitor the safety and quality of Louisiana seafood for the next five years. The program also would provide marketing funds to promote the state’s seafood to consumers. During a news conference yesterday, Jindal says that unless […] [...]
GULF OF MEXICO — Shrimping is now permitted in state waters off the western tip of the Florida Panhandle that had been closed due to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. As a precaution, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission closed the 23-mile stretch of water off Escambia County on June 14 […] [...]
GULF OF MEXICO — Shrimpers trawling Louisiana waters today in the first commercial season since the Gulf disaster don’t know what dangers from the massive BP oil spill still lurk and what market there will be for their catch if consumers don’t believe the seafood is safe. Perhaps the biggest fear is that some fisherman […] [...]
GULF OF MEXICO — The government is allowing commercial and recreational fishing again in roughly one third of the waters it had closed because of the BP oil spill. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the area that reopened yesterday is 26,388 square miles of federal waters in the Gulf. The administration said that […] [...]
GULF OF MEXICO — Mississippi’s shrimp season in territorial waters west of the East Biloxi ship channel is scheduled to open at 6 a.m. tomorrow. Officials with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources say the waters may close on short notice if it is detected that oil is moving into the open area. Agency director […] [...]
BATON ROUGE, La. — The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has ordered the partial reopening of an oyster harvesting area to give harvesters as much time as possible to bring in their product before being impacted by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Area 17, which is west of the Mississippi River […] [...]
GULF OF MEXICO — Federal officials say they’re expanding the area of the Gulf of Mexico where fishing is shut down because of a massive oil spill. They had already shut down fishing from the Mississippi River to the Florida Panhandle soon after an offshore oil rig exploded and sank last month. About 7 percent […] [...]
PASCAGOULA — The Blessing of the Fleet is being revived in Pascagoula after 15 years. With oil spewing in the Gulf and hurricane season set to start June 1, those who love the water and make their livings from it will bring their boats to the Pascagoula River on Saturday. The events will include a […] [...]