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GoMRI chooses USM for Gulf oil spill research

OCEAN SPRINGS — The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) has selected 12 research consortia to conduct scientific studies of the impacts of oil, dispersed oil, and dispersant on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and public health.  These research investments focus on improving our fundamental understanding of the implications of events such as the Macondo well blowout, and on developing ...

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Four Seasons Produce finds growing customers across the Gulf Coast

By Tammy Leytham MOSS POINT — Customers who shop at Four Seasons Produce are greeted by colorful rows of tomatoes, oranges, grapes, corn, squash, pears and avocados. The refrigerated aisle holds sliced sweet potatoes, fresh greens and cut rutabagas. There’s a row of nuts — all types — almonds, walnuts, Brazil, peanuts and shelled pecans in plastic bags. John McCollough ...

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National Hurricane Center unveils storm surge-risk map

GULF COAST — A new online mapping tool from the National Hurricane Center shows the risks of storm surge from Texas to Maine. The hurricane center launched the interactive map Tuesday. It allows residents along the East and Gulf coasts to evaluate their vulnerability to storm surge by showing how far inland the water can reach during a variety of ...

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Oceana: Labeling of shrimp leaves consumers guessing

GULF OF MEXICO — Consumers around the nation can’t be sure what kind of shrimp they’re buying if they simply look at the label or menu at supermarkets, grocers and restaurants, an advocacy group says. Oceana did a DNA-based survey of shrimp sold at outlets in New York City; Washington, D.C.; Portland, Oregon; and various spots around the Gulf of ...

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New Gulf surveying/scientific vessel called Blake commissioned

GULFPORT — David Evans and Associates Inc.’s Marine Services Division has commissioned its new 82-foot hydrographic survey and scientific vessel Blake in a ceremony held in the vessel’s homeport of Gulfport. U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) broke a champagne bottle across the Blake’s bow. In addition to remarks by the senator, Rear Admiral Gerd Glang, the director of the National ...

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Gulf oil and gas leases to go up for sale in March

GULF OF MEXICO — Oil and gas leases for 40 million acres off the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama will be offered by the federal government in a March sale at the Superdome in New Orleans, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said Friday. The sale will include approximately 7,611 blocks, covering 40.5 million acres, located from three to ...

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Bryant hires ex-MDEQ leader Fisher as consultant

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has hired the former director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality as a consultant. The contract with Trudy Fisher, dated Sept. 5, says she will advise the governor on energy policy, environmental and restoration policy and provide support in court cases. The agreement is good for six months and can be renewed for six ...

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Treasury okays rule for dividing oil spill recovery trust funds

GULF COAST — The U.S. Treasury Department says it has cleared the way for Gulf Coast state and local governments to begin applying for recovery grants through a federal RESTORE Act trust fund fed with civil penalties arising from the 2010 BP oil spill. A department statement says that, so far, the trust fund has $653 million. That figure is ...

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