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Whitehurst: Oysters, rivers and state government contradictions

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant recently announced the formation of the Governor’s Oyster Council to help the coast’s oyster industry restore a fishery that has been hurt and diminished over just a few years by hurricanes, the BP drilling disaster and its aftermath, and oyster reef mortality due to salinity changes. The fresh water from rivers feeding the bays and marshes on ...

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Oyster reefs' opening delayed by heavy rains

GULF OF MEXICO — Several oyster reefs that were scheduled to open yesterday for commercial tonging will remain closed due to heavy rain earlier this week. Also, the stage of the Pearl River in Louisiana is forecast by the National Weather Service to exceed the management plan criteria for these areas. Those areas include: Area II “A” — Conditionally Approved ...

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Commissioners seated, officers elected

The Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources (MCMR) recently swore in three commissioners and elected officers for the new fiscal year. Reappointed members include Steve Bosarge of Jackson County, representing commercial fishermen; Richard Gollott of Harrison County, representing commercial seafood processors; and, Shelby Drummond of Jackson County, representing recreational fishermen. Their terms will run July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2016. ...

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Asper, Drummond named CMR officers

The Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources (CMR) has selected Dr. Vernon Asper of Hancock County as chairman, and Shelby Drummond of Jackson County as vice chairman. Asper serves on the CMR as non-profit environmental organization representative, and Drummond represents recreational sports fishermen. Asper is a professor in the Department of Marine Science at the University of Southern Mississippi. He holds ...

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Miss. hopes to open brown shrimp season

BILOXI — State officials will test brown shrimp for petroleum hydrocarbons ahead of the anticipated opening of the season in June. William Walker, executive director of the state Department of Marine Resources, was given authority this past week to open the season when test trawls yield 68 shrimp per pound. Walker said a commercial shrimper will be hired to pull ...

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