Posts Tagged ‘oysters’

DMR: Oystermen should expect limited season

by Published: October 23,2011

Tags: commercial fishing, flood, oystermen, oysters, rains, severe weather, Weather

GULF OF MEXICO — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) has scheduled the 2011-2012 limited Mississippi oyster season to open to tonging only at legal sunrise Oct. 24, only in Areas II “A,” “B” and “C” Conditionally Approved waters, provided the area meets all criteria for opening as specified in the area management plan. […] [...]

Oystermen await scientists’ post-oil spill findings

GULF OF MEXICO — Louisiana may delay the start of the oyster season on most public seed grounds while scientists collect oysters and sediment to check for any damage from last year’s BP PLC oil spill. National Resource Damage Assessment teams will begin next week to look for information including how big, fat and thick […] [...]

DMR asking for disaster declaration for oyster industry

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The state has asked the U.S. Department of Commerce to issue a fisheries disaster declaration for Mississippi’s oyster industry. The Mississippi Press reports William Walker, executive director of the state Department of Marine Resources, said he hopes to hear something in a week. Walker’s comments came during this week’s meeting of […] [...]

State wraps up work on improving oyster reefs

by Published: September 20,2011

Tags: environment, fishing, oysters, reefs

GULF OF MEXICO — Oyster fishermen in Mississippi will be facing a tough season this year. Scott Gordon, who oversees the oyster industry for the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, said the agency is wrapping-up the most recent cultch planting on the oyster reefs south of Pass Christian. The process helps revive and restore the […] [...]

Death on the half-shell: Flood could kill 90 percent of state’s oysters

Another major disaster is facing Mississippi, and this one could totally wipe out Mississippi’s oysters. If that happens it could be months — perhaps years — before another oyster is harvested in Mississippi waters. >>>SEE COMPLETE STORY<<< [...]

Flood might wipe out this year’s oyster harvest

by Published: May 31,2011

Tags: flooding, floods, food, oysters, seafood

GULF OF MEXICO — The oyster industry is bracing for extreme losses as freshwater from the Mississippi River flows into the western portion of the Mississippi Sound. “Oysters are stationary and cannot escape as the freshwater displaces the salt water they need,” said Dave Burrage, professor of marine resources with the Mississippi State University Extension […] [...]

DMR suspends sale of commercial resident dredging licenses

by Published: May 10,2011

Tags: dredging, oysters, state government

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) has immediately suspended the sale of commercial resident dredging licenses. The threshold for commercial oyster license sales has been met in all categories. The sale of commercial non-resident dredging licenses was suspended May 3; resident and non-resident tonging license sales were suspended April 28. […] [...]

DMR suspends sale of commercial dredging licenses

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) has suspended the sale of commercial non-resident dredging licenses. The threshold for license sales has been reached in three categories — commercial non-resident dredging as well as resident and non-resident tonging licenses. The sale of commercial resident and non-resident tonging licenses was suspended April […] [...]

Inspectors give oysters clean bill of health

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 […] [...]

BP may not pay for oyster bed losses

BATON ROUGE, La. — Oyster fishermen don’t know if they’ll be paid by BP for the shellfish deaths caused by opening the state’s freshwater diversion structures in a bid to flush out oil encroaching on the oyster beds because of the Gulf spill. The decision to open the release valves on the Mississippi River diversions […] [...]

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