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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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Landowner swaps land with Fish and Wildlife Service

CHARLESTON — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has reached an agreement with landowner James Kennedy to exchange a 306-acre parcel of its land in Tallahatchie County for a tract of York Woods, Kennedy’s conservation-easement property. USFWS is acquiring land that appraises at a higher amount than the 306-acre parcel and will use it as a wildlife habitat. The ...

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MDEQ raises water contact advisory for Coast beach

OCEAN SPRINGS — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has lifted a water contact advisory that was issued February 20 for a beach monitoring station in Ocean Springs. The advisory has been raised for Station 17-St. Andrews Beach. Water samples at this station show the area has attained acceptable bacteria levels.

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Senate approves sales tax break for outdoor enthusiasts

JACKSON — The Senate has passed a sales tax holiday to encourage sportsmen to purchase firearms and hunting supplies in Mississippi. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves says Senate Bill 2425 gives sports enthusiasts a sales tax break on firearms, ammunition, hunting supplies and fishing supplies purchased the first weekend of September. Louisiana has a similar holiday. “This tax break is for ...

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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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MDEQ lifts water contact advisory for Coast beach

GULFPORT — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has lifted a water contact advisory that was issued Feb. 12 for a Coast beach. MDEQ lifted the advisory for Station 11-Gulfport East, which extends from Teagarden Road east to Anniston Avenue. Water samples at this station show the area has attained acceptable bacteria levels.  

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MDEQ issues beach advisory due to health risks

WAVELAND — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has issued a water contact advisory for one sampling station in Hancock County. This segment of beach is not closed; however, there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in this area. The beach is Station 3 of Waveland Beach, which extends from ...

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Parts of Katrina-damaged pier to finally come down

WAVELAND — The city of Waveland intends to tear down storm-damaged parts of the Garfield Ladner Pier. The board of aldermen is reviewing bids submitted earlier this month for the work. Coming down are the concession stand, ranger’s house, and a bathroom. The work is necessary, officials said, because the structures don’t meet current Federal Emergency Management Agency flood plain ...

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Omega Protein shifting vessels to Mississippi

MOSS POINT — Omega Protein Corporation, a nutritional product company and an integrated producer of omega-3 fish oil and specialty protein products, has unveiled a plan to streamline its Gulf of Mexico operations and increase efficiencies through the permanent closure of the company’s menhaden fish processing plant located in Cameron, La., and the redeployment of certain vessels from that plant. ...

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No fish tales: DMR keeps official record catches

An angler’s exaggerated tale about the big catch of the day is a well known sideline to the sport of fishing. But when a fisherman captures an official state record, there’s no arguing about the fish’s size. The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has been verifying the state’s fishing records for years and the range from small to large records ...

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