Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi Department of Marine Resources’

DMR closes reefs to oystermen over water quality

GULF OF MEXICO — Several Mississippi oyster reefs have been closed because of questionable water quality. The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources closed the reefs. They will remain closed until further notice. The affected areas include: — Area II “A” waters, including northern portions of the Pass Christian and Henderson Point reefs and Hornets reef. […] [...]

Striped bass fingerlings to be released in coastal tributaries

AROUND MISSISSIPPI ­— A coastal research agency and the Mississippi wildlife department have programs ongoing to restock Mississippi rivers and streams with fish. The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory is releasing more than 20,000 Phase II Gulf Race striped bass fingerlings into the major tributaries of coastal Mississippi including the Pearl, Jordan, Biloxi, Tchoutacabouffa, Ft. Bayou […] [...]

Ex-DMR director, four others plead not guilty to corruption

BILOXI — The former director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, his son and three others pleaded not guilty yesterday to federal corruption charges related to the use of public money. Former MDMR director Bill Walker and his son, Scott Walker, and two former MDMR officials, Joseph Zeigler Jr. and Sheila “Tina” Shumate, face […] [...]

Newspaper’s bid to get DMR records continues

BILOXI — The Sun Herald is arguing in court documents that the state’s attorneys have failed to follow the law for sealing a court record. Henry Laird, who represents the newspaper in a long running dispute over access to Mississippi Department of Marine Resources documents, argues the law requires notice to the public and a […] [...]

New judge appointed to hear ex-DMR director’s criminal trial

GULFPORT — Criminal cases against Bill Walker, former executive director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, his son, Scott Walker, and three others have been reassigned to U.S. District Court Judge Keith Starrett. Starrett usually hears cases in Hattiesburg. U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr., the chief judge for Mississippi’s Southern District, was originally […] [...]

Indictments handed out in MDMR corruption case

BILOXI — The former director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, his son and two others have been indicted on federal corruption charges involving hundreds of thousands of dollars in public money. That federal indictment — and another involving a former city manager in south Mississippi — were unsealed yesterday, not long after five […] [...]

Coast newspaper’s request for DMR records hits new snag

BILOXI — Records that a Mississippi judge said a newspaper has a right to review have been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury. A Harrison County judge last week ordered the state auditor and the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources to make the records available to The Sun Herald. That Gulf Coast newspaper is reporting […] [...]

Coast newspaper wins in bid to get information from MDMR, Pickering

BILOXI — A Harrison County judge has ordered the state auditor and the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources to turn over records to a Gulf Coast newspaper. The Sun Herald reports that Chancery Judge Jennifer Schloegel issued the ruling Thursday. The Sun Herald, the MDMR and State Auditor Stacey Pickering have fought since January over […] [...]

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, […] [...]

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