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State lands environmental restoration grants for Coast projects

GULF COAST — Mississippi will spend a $28 million grant on three environmental restoration projects along the Gulf Coast. Gov. Phil Bryant said today that the money is coming from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Environmental Benefit Fund, which was created in 2013 as part of a settlement the U.S Justice Department reached with BP and Transocean to resolve ...

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Voters to decide whether hunting, fishing is constitutional right

JACKSON — Van Allen has been processing deer meat and selling gear to hunters and anglers for 20 years in Mississippi and other parts of the South. Like many outdoors enthusiasts, he thinks hunting and fishing are birthrights that ought to be constitutionally protected. “As far as I am concerned anything that protects first our right to bear arms and ...

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Fly fishing group presents award to Gulf Coast Research Lab

OCEAN SPRINGS — The International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF) has presented the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) with its Conservation Award. The award is given annually to “individuals, groups or organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to the conservation of our fisheries’ resources.” As noted in the nomination form by Kyle Moppert, president, Gulf Coast ...

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MDMR unveils weekends-only red snapper season

GULF OF MEXICO — The state of Mississippi has announced a weekends-only fall red snapper season. Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Executive Director Jamie Miller says in a news release that state waters will open to red snapper fishing every weekend in October and the first weekend in November. Season dates are Oct. 3-5, Oct. 10-12, Oct. 17-19, Oct. 24-26 ...

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Inspectors find 'hot work' was cause of fatal explosion at fish plant

MOSS POINT — A fatal explosion at a fish processing plant on the Mississippi Coast happened when sparks ignited a volatile mixture in a tank, safety officials said yesterday. U.S. Chemical Safety Board Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso said in a news release that inspectors found workers were performing “hot work” at or near the tank that exploded July 28 at the ...

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Scientists release thousands of red snapper on Ship Island reef

GULF OF MEXICO — More than 2,000 red snapper were recently released on an artificial reef south of Ship Island in order to produce more of this fish that is so popular along the Gulf Coast. Representatives from the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Lab participated in the release. The fish ...

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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 relationship we have with our ...

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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 snapper quota in April. The ...

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FDA sends alerts, warning letters to Asian companies over mislabeled fish

JACKSON — Analyses of FDA food safety import alerts and warning letters indicate a heightened effort to combat continuing problems with many imported seafood products, according to The Catfish Institute. On Jan. 7, the FDA issued a new seafood import alert addressing the continuing problem of exports to the U.S. of fish falsely labeled. Exporters targeted for extra surveillance include ...

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Fish are biting, but should people bite back?

For those looking to do a little fishing this year at a national park, it might be a good idea to catch and release. Mercury has been discovered in fish in some of the most remote national park lakes and streams in the western United States and Alaska, according to a release from the National Park Service and U.S. Geological ...

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