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Former rocket engine fuel tank used to rebuild reefs

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources’ (MDMR’s) Artificial Reef Bureau and NASA’s Stennis Space Center recently teamed up to continue efforts to enhance deep-water fishing in the northern Gulf of Mexico. GULF OF MEXICO — Since Hurricane Katrina — when nearly 100 percent of Mississippi’s artificial reefs were destroyed — the MDMR has conducted 113 artificial reef deployments and, most ...

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Oyster season to close five days after opening

GULF OF MEXICO — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) is closing all areas and reefs of the state that are currently opened to oyster harvest. The areas will close at 3 p.m. tomorrow, and will remain closed until further notice in order to conserve the resource. The MDMR opened the oyster Oct. 24. “This action is being taken ...

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DMR: Oystermen should expect limited season

GULF OF MEXICO — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) has scheduled the 2011-2012 limited Mississippi oyster season to open to tonging only at legal sunrise Oct. 24, only in Areas II “A,” “B” and “C” Conditionally Approved waters, provided the area meets all criteria for opening as specified in the area management plan. Area II “A” Conditionally Approved ...

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Oystermen await scientists' post-oil spill findings

GULF OF MEXICO — Louisiana may delay the start of the oyster season on most public seed grounds while scientists collect oysters and sediment to check for any damage from last year’s BP PLC oil spill. National Resource Damage Assessment teams will begin next week to look for information including how big, fat and thick on the waterbottoms the oysters ...

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DMR asking for disaster declaration for oyster industry

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The state has asked the U.S. Department of Commerce to issue a fisheries disaster declaration for Mississippi’s oyster industry. The Mississippi Press reports William Walker, executive director of the state Department of Marine Resources, said he hopes to hear something in a week. Walker’s comments came during this week’s meeting of the Commission on Marine Resources, ...

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State wraps up work on improving oyster reefs

GULF OF MEXICO — Oyster fishermen in Mississippi will be facing a tough season this year. Scott Gordon, who oversees the oyster industry for the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, said the agency is wrapping-up the most recent cultch planting on the oyster reefs south of Pass Christian. The process helps revive and restore the reefs by spreading limestone or ...

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Death on the half-shell: Flood could kill 90 percent of state's oysters

Another major disaster is facing Mississippi, and this one could totally wipe out Mississippi’s oysters. If that happens it could be months — perhaps years — before another oyster is harvested in Mississippi waters. The historic Mississippi River flood has dumped so much freshwater into the Mississippi Sound that scientists are concerned that there will be no harvest season this year. ...

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Flood might wipe out this year's oyster harvest

GULF OF MEXICO — The oyster industry is bracing for extreme losses as freshwater from the Mississippi River flows into the western portion of the Mississippi Sound. “Oysters are stationary and cannot escape as the freshwater displaces the salt water they need,” said Dave Burrage, professor of marine resources with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. “Oysters just cannot survive ...

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DMR suspends sale of commercial resident dredging licenses

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) has immediately suspended the sale of commercial resident dredging licenses. The threshold for commercial oyster license sales has been met in all categories. The sale of commercial non-resident dredging licenses was suspended May 3; resident and non-resident tonging license sales were suspended April 28. The suspension is a result ...

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