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Stennis scientists in Mississippi develop app to track seaweed

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By LISA MONTI  Last year beaches along the Gulf and other temperate waters worldwide were inundated with Sargassum, the free-floating tangle of reddish-brown seaweed that causes problems for fishermen, boaters, tourists and residents. In some places, drifts of the smelly seaweed were piled several feet high. So far in 2015, scientists say, there is a large amount of Sargassum in ...

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Shrimpers enjoyed great harvest through week one of season

GULF OF MEXICO — Mississippi shrimpers had an excellent opening day, a fact that had them pleasantly surprised. Based on reports from just two of Biloxi’s three shrimp dealers as of July 1, fishermen landed 790,000 pounds of shrimp in the first week. Last year, all three Biloxi shrimp dealers reported total first-week landings of 541,000 pounds of shrimp. Dave ...

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Walker, Janus get jail time for misusing funds at DMR

HATTIESBURG — The former Mississippi Department of Marine Resources director yesterday was sentenced to the maximum of five years in prison and fined for helping steer $210,000 in federal money to buy out a waterfront lot owned by his son. U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett also ordered 69-year-old Bill Walker to serve three years of supervised release. Walker must also ...

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Weather satellite modules arrive at Lockheed Martin facility

HANCOCK COUNTY — The two large modules of the first GOES-R series weather satellite spacecraft were recently delivered to a cleanroom at Lockheed Martin’s Space Systems facility near Denver. The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R series (GOES-R) is NOAA’s next-generation geostationary weather satellites. With the delivery of the system module and the propulsion module, the weather satellite will now undergo the ...

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Lawmakers believe disaster assistance will help oyster, crab industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) say they are optimistic that $10.9 million in disaster assistance awarded to Mississippi will help the state’s commercial oyster and blue crab industries recover from setbacks caused by flooding in 2011. Cochran, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Wicker, a member of the Senate Commerce ...

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Wicker wants Obama to strengthen anti-seafood fraud efforts

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) have asked President Barack Obama to direct federal agencies to better coordinate their efforts to fight seafood fraud that they say threatens the livelihoods of American fishermen and harms consumers. According to the senators, seafood fraud is a serious problem in the United States, with surveys showing that ...

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Drought grips farmland in much of South, Midwest

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The combination of heat and scarce amounts of rain intensified the drought in several agriculturally significant states, contributing to declining crop conditions in parts of the Midwest and South. However, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a separate report today the expected record corn harvest and third-largest soybean crop are on track, since areas that aren’t ...

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Hurricane Isaac leaves damage, memories of Katrina in its wake

Hurricane Isaac leaves damage, memories of Katrina in its wake On Aug. 28, almost seven years to the day Hurricane Katrina struck the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Hurricane Isaac blasted the same area. Though only a Category 2 storm, Isaac’s arrival at high tide, its direction and slow movement caused widespread damage and destruction across South and Central Mississippi from storm ...

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NOAA’s spring flood forecast is welcome news for everyone

It was this time last year that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued its spring flood forecast for the Mississippi River Basin that used words like “historic” and “catastrophic.” It proved to be a prophecy, as a 100-year flood deluged areas near the Mississippi River and its backwater tributaries. Mississippi was among the hardest hit, and some areas are ...

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Read April 2 issue of the MBJ online

In this week’s MBJ — “Total 180” NOAA spring flood forecast welcome news for everyone. By Clay Chandler Also in this week’s paper: >>LEGISLATURE: “A tale of two Highway 9’s”: — by Clay Chandler >> ANALYSIS Reshoring, Part 2: Manufacturing pendulum could be swinging in state’s direction— by Ted Carter >> LABOR: Is China getting too pricey to afford— by Ted Carter >> ...

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