Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi Department of Marine Resources’

Judge mulling newspaper’s public records lawsuit involving MDMR

BILOXI — A Harrison County judge is reviewing legal arguments and will rule later on a Gulf Coast newspaper’s lawsuit to get access to more records from an audit of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources. The Sun Herald reports the MDMR and the state auditor’s office went before Chancery Judge Jennifer Schloegel for a […] [...]

MDMR uses sonar to identify debris in bay

BILOXI — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has identified a large piece of concrete near the Biloxi-Ocean Springs bridge after using a sidescan sonar in the area Wednesday. Staff in the Marine Fisheries and Marine Patrol departments found a piece of concrete about 15 feet long that is two feet below the water’s surface, […] [...]

Investigators continue to probe debris found in bay

BILOXI — The state Department of Marine Resources plans to further investigate the debris field just north of the Biloxi Bay Bridge on the Biloxi side of the bay that is a threat to boaters. They investigated last week and found large pieces of concrete with rebar embedded in it. But workers were unable to […] [...]

Newspaper headed to court over opening of MDMR records

BILOXI — A Gulf Coast newspaper will be in court Wednesday for a hearing on its request to get access to more records from an audit of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources. The Sun Herald sued the agency and State Auditor Stacey Pickering in January seeking MDMR spending records. The Sun Herald requested records […] [...]

Mystery debris forces closing of water near bay bridge

BILOXI — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has blocked off an area of water near the west end of the Biloxi Bay Bridge where it has discovered a number of steel reinforcing rods sticking out of large hunks of concrete. The Sun Herald reports that the state agency has notified the Coast Guard and […] [...]

Coastal Cleanup nets 7.5 tons of marine litter

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources reports that more than 1,260 volunteers took part in a cleanup effort on Mississippi’s beaches and waterways. Saturday’s cleanup took place at 49 designated sites during the 25th annual Mississippi Coastal Cleanup. In a news release, the department said Sunday that the 1,266 volunteers picked […] [...]

Federal shutdown at end, but too late for Gulf Islands cleanup

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Even though the federal shutdown has ended, Gulf Islands National Seashore is not participating in this Saturday’s Mississippi Coastal Cleanup. Yesterday, the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources sent out a news release about the barrier islands being closed for the cleanup. Despite the federal government being reopened late yesterday, the islands […] [...]

Bids under review for demolition of facilities at harbor

OCEAN SPRINGS — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources is awaiting a review of 10 bids for the demolition and removal of a vacant boat storage shed and a restaurant at the Ocean Springs Harbor. MDMR spokeswoman Melissa Scallan tells The Sun Herald that the bids ranged from $119,000 to $433,000. Scallan said the bids […] [...]

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 […] [...]

DMR gets new executives as investigation continues

BILOXI — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has hired two new executives. Director Jamie Miller says in a news release today that 42-year-old Bill Feidt, of Pascagoula, will become chief financial officer, and 60-year-old Brig. Gen. Joe Spraggins, of Gulfport, will become chief operating officer. They start work Tuesday. Feidt has previously been director […] [...]

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