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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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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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