Posts Tagged ‘habitat’

Lawmakers back bill aimed at blocking removal of non-producing oil rigs

GULF OF MEXICO — Under legislation cosponsored by Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), coral reef growth and other marine habitats surrounding offshore energy rigs are among the details that must be assessed before the Interior Department forces removal of non-producing platforms from the Gulf of Mexico. The Rigs to Reefs Habitat […] [...]

MDMR extends Katrina Key fishing reef near Deer Island

GULF OF MEXICO — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources’ (MDMR) Artificial Reef Bureau has completed another extension of the fishing reef, Katrina Key. The key has been extended westward by about 500 to 600 yards and divided into two segments. The segments will provide two gaps for current flow, which will allow additional foraging […] [...]

Commission looking at increasing spotted seatrout quota

GULF OF MEXICO — Mississippi’s annual 40,000-pound limit on commercially caught spotted seatrout is under review. The Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources decided on a study after being told commercial fishermen reached the 40,000-pound quota this year by May 19. The season had opened in January. The Mississippi Press reports fisheries biologist Buck Buchanan recommended […] [...]

Supervisors working on solutions to meet EPA air standards

HERNANDO — DeSoto County supervisors say they are working on solutions to meet federal ozone levels. In May, the Environmental Protection Agency included parts of DeSoto with Memphis, which has ozone emissions above allowable limits set by federal regulation. It includes urban areas of DeSoto County and Crittenden County, Ark., in the Memphis ozone “non-attainment” […] [...]

County’s beach replenishment program stopped due to grass

HANCOCK COUNTY — Hancock County officials say the state and federal governments don’t want to replenish a stretch of beach in area of Clermont Harbor. The Sea Coast Echo reports the beach stretches roughly from Buccaneer State Park to just past Bordages Street in Bay St. Louis. Officials want to pump in sand to create […] [...]

Foresters warn landowners of spread of Southern pine beetles

SOUTHWEST MISSISSIPPI — Southern pine beetle populations are on the rise in southwest Mississippi, and foresters are warning of a potential outbreak and urging landowners to be on the lookout for the tree-killing pests. The Mississippi Forestry Commission says populations of the borer beetles that attack and kill live trees are increasing in the area […] [...]

As renovations wrap up, officials unsure of use for hatchery facility

TUPELO — Officials say they’re about halfway through $1.2 million in renovations at the Private John Allen National Fish Hatchery in Tupelo, but have not yet decided how to use the Victorian-era house there once the work is done. It might be used to house state or federal workers or for hatchery volunteers, or it […] [...]

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 […] [...]

First post-spill offshore oil and gas lease auction brings $1.7B

GULF OF MEXICO — The federal government’s first auction of offshore petroleum leases in the same area where the Deepwater Horizon exploded in 2010 brought in $1.7 billion in winning bids yesterday, prompting Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar to declare great strides are being made to get drilling back on track in the Gulf of […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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