Posts Tagged ‘fishing’

Cochran proposes amendment to set state waters’ limit

GULF OF MEXICO — Since July 2013, Mississippi has claimed its state waters extend nine miles south into the Gulf of Mexico. The federal government refuses to recognize the declaration, standing by a 1960 U.S. Supreme Court decision that determined the offshore boundary for Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama was three miles out. The federal government […] [...]

DMR sets red snapper season; Miller says ‘right for Mississippi anglers’

BILOXI — Mississippi anglers will be allowed to harvest red snapper in state waters every weekend in July. Mississippi Department of Marine Resources executive director Jamie Miller announced his decision yesterday afternoon after the Commission on Marine Resources voted 3-0 to give him the authority to open a season in state waters. “I value the […] [...]

Island closing as River Park gets more enhancements

PASCAGOULA — Lowry Island is closing to the public Monday for the second phase of work on the River Park. The island will remain closed through mid-December. Phase II includes a new access road, parking lot, lighting, sidewalks, renovations to the boat ramp, landscaping and green space, handicap accessibility, a bulkhead and a concrete wharf. […] [...]

Farm bill creates new critical conservation areas

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi has two new conservation partnerships aimed at ensuring the long-term viability of the Mississippi River and the long leaf pine forests to the state. Large portions of Mississippi are included in two of the eight Critical Conservation Areas (CCA) authorized under the 2014 farm bill as part of a significant reform […] [...]

NOAA Fisheries cuts two days off red snapper season

GULF OF MEXICO — Federal fisheries officials have cut this year’s recreational red snapper season in the Gulf of Mexico from 11 days to nine days, starting June 1. NOAA Fisheries spokeswoman Kim Amendola says the change was needed because Louisiana opened state waters year-round after the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council cut the […] [...]

MDEQ lifts beach advisories, closure; all stations now clear

HARRISON COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has lifted two water contact advisories for Coast beach monitoring stations. The affected stations are: • Station 7A-Long Beach Beach, which extends from Oak Gardens Avenue east to Girard Avenue • Station 8, Gulfport West Beach, which extends from Marie […] [...]

MDEQ lifts advisory for segments of two Coast beaches

BAY ST. LOUIS and GULFPORT — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has lifted the water contact advisories for two beach monitoring stations on the Coast. The stations are: • Station 4-Bay St. Louis Beach, which extends from the box culvert east to Ballantine Street • Station 9-Gulfport Harbor […] [...]

Advisories issued for two segments of beach

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has issued two water contact advisories for sampling stations in Harrison County. These segments of beach are not closed; however, there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in these areas. The affected stations are: • […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Landowner swaps land with Fish and Wildlife Service

CHARLESTON — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has reached an agreement with landowner James Kennedy to exchange a 306-acre parcel of its land in Tallahatchie County for a tract of York Woods, Kennedy’s conservation-easement property. USFWS is acquiring land that appraises at a higher amount than the 306-acre parcel and will use it […] [...]

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