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DMR suspends sale of commercial dredging licenses

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) has suspended the sale of commercial non-resident dredging licenses. The threshold for license sales has been reached in three categories — commercial non-resident dredging as well as resident and non-resident tonging licenses. The sale of commercial resident and non-resident tonging licenses was suspended April 28. The suspension is a ...

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Inspectors give oysters clean bill of health

BILOXI — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), in coordination with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), announce that Mississippi oysters are safe for human consumption. Mississippi oyster season is closed during the summer months and typically opens in September or October. ...

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BP may not pay for oyster bed losses

BATON ROUGE, La. — Oyster fishermen don’t know if they’ll be paid by BP for the shellfish deaths caused by opening the state’s freshwater diversion structures in a bid to flush out oil encroaching on the oyster beds because of the Gulf spill. The decision to open the release valves on the Mississippi River diversions was made by the Jindal ...

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Louisiana opens waters to oystermen

BATON ROUGE, La. — The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has ordered the partial reopening of an oyster harvesting area to give harvesters as much time as possible to bring in their product before being impacted by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Area 17, which is west of the Mississippi River in Terrebonne Parish, was originally ...

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State to limit oyster-license sales

JACKSON —  The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources will limit the sale of oyster licenses for the 2010-11 oyster season. The plan will limit the number of commercial oyster licenses available for sale in each of the four major categories: resident dredging and tonging, and out-of-state dredging and tonging. The Sun Herald reports harvesters must provide current vessel documentation or ...

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CMR approves new oyster management season

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources (CMR) decided in a special session held April 6 to authorize a special management season for oyster harvest in selected areas of the Mississippi Sound. The adopted motion states that Conditionally Approved Area II “A” and Conditionally Approved Area II “B” will be opened to dredging beginning April 12 at ...

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Another Louisiana oyster-harvesting area closed

BATON ROUGE, La. — For the third time in a week, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has closed an oyster harvesting area because of an outbreak of illness. This time, it’s “Area 13,” west of the Mississippi River in southern Jefferson and Lafourche parishes. Last Wednesday, the department closed an area in Plaquemines Parish because of a norovirus ...

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Officials investigating tainted oysters

JACKSON COUNTY — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is working with state health officials from Mississippi and Louisiana to notify consumers, food service operators and retailers nationwide about an outbreak of norovirus associated with oysters recently harvested from an area near Port Sulphur, La. known as Area 7. The oysters were sold or distributed nationwide. Public health agencies ...

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Louisiana recalls oysters when conference-goers become ill

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana recalls oysters harvested in part of Plaquemines Parish because 11 people at a seafood conference in Mississippi got sick after eating some. Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals says one person was hospitalized but has since been released. The conference was March 10. The recall affects oysters harvested since March 6 from Basin 4, Area ...

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Oystermen experiencing stormy waters

GULF OF MEXICO — Struggling oyster fishermen say it has been a troublesome season. Heavy rains have kept the oyster reefs closed longer than anyone can remember. There are also concerns about increasing competition from out-of-state fishermen who get licenses to work the reefs in Mississippi waters. The Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources heard the concerns from frustrated fishermen this ...

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