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Commercial fishermen now need endorsement for seatrout

GULF OF MEXICO — Beginning May 1, commercial fishermen will be required to obtain an endorsement along with their commercial fishing license in order to harvest spotted seatrout. The endorsement is $10, and fishermen must complete an application showing that $5,000 of seafood product was sold in any 12 consecutive-month period. That proof can include copies of sales records along ...

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GCRL seminars aim at filling coolers with more fish

As spring approaches, anglers are gearing up to catch some fish. And a series of events offered through the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) aims at insuring a better haul in 2014. Marine scientists from GCRL and local professional fishing guides and experts are teaming up to offer a series of four evening seminars. Participants will ...

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Cochran pushing for measures aimed at protecting shrimpers

GULF OF MEXICO — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is pushing the enforcement of trade rules that would allow the U.S. shrimp industry “to compete with international competition on a level playing field.” Cochran today submitted testimony to the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) for an investigative hearing on the economic threat to the U.S. shrimp industry posed by foreign ...

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Council ups red snapper quota, approves second season

GULF OF MEXICO — The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has voted to increase this year’s red snapper quota by 2.5 million pounds and to start a recreational season Oct. 1 if the catch so far allows it. The council increased this year’s quota on Wednesday from 8.46 million to 11 million pounds. A recreational season would get up ...

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Repairs to be costly on pier that was burned in 2011

PASCAGOULA — Work has started on repairs to a damaged part of the Pascagoula River Park pier that was burned in 2011. Arson was suspected to be the cause of the fire; however, no arrests have been made. Darci Crew, director of the Pascagoula Parks and Recreation Department, tells The Mississippi Press the work should be completed on or before ...

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MDEQ lifts beach closure prompted by sewage release

BILOXI — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has lifted a beach closure issued June 17. The stretch of beach is from Grande View Drive to Brady Drive in Biloxi (approximately from east of Edgewater Mall to just past Beauvoir). The City of Biloxi reported to MDEQ Monday that a pump station malfunctioned and ...

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Agency reports number of boats up this year as shrimping opens

GULF OF MEXICO — The 2013 Mississippi shrimp season opened at 6 a.m., today to good weather and good shrimp but small numbers, based on early reports from shrimp fishermen. This is according to the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR). Shrimp season opens in Mississippi territorial waters when sampling confirms shrimp have reached the 68-count-per-pound state statute requirement. According ...

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MDMR pushing for change after red snapper season ruling

GULF OF MEXICO — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) says it wants changes to the federal government’s setting of the red snapper fishing season in the Gulf. In a press release dated June 5, 2013, NOAA Fisheries modified the 2013 recreational red snapper season in federal waters from the previously announced 34 days to only 28 days. The ...

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Judge rules against NOAA in red snapper dispute

GULF OF MEXICO — A federal judge says federal regulators used a false claim of emergency to cut the federal season for red snapper off of Texas and Louisiana, and did so to punish those states for setting seasons and limits beyond federal limits. District Judge Andrew Hanen, of Brownsville, Texas, overturned the emergency rule under which the National Oceanic ...

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Harbor projects in full swing across Coast

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Commercial and recreational boat slips are under construction or repair in almost every city across South Mississippi. The Sun Herald reports the biggest projects are new harbors being built in Bay St. Louis and Pass Christian that will add a total of 348 new boat slips to the Coast. Pass Christian Mayor Chipper McDermott says the ...

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