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Officials increase oystermen's sack limit from seven to 10

GULF OF MEXICO — State marine officials have set the daily oyster limit for commercial tongers will be 10 sacks per licensed vessel in Mississippi. The previous limit was seven sacks. The limit for commercial dredgers also is 10 sacks per day. All Mississippi waters and public or private reefs will be closed on Sundays, as well as Thanksgiving, Christmas ...

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DMR wants input on how to spend Bonnet Carre damage funding

LONG BEACH — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources will hold a public meeting Thursday on how the state should spend $10.9 million it received for damage to oyster and blue crab fisheries. The hearing, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Long Beach’s St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, is meant to let commercially licensed crabbers and oystermen comment ...

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Oyster reef recloses after one day due to water quality

GULF OF MEXICO — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources says the oyster reef area that opened Dec. 9 closed yesterday due to water sample results. The area includes southern portions of the Pass Christian and Henderson Point reefs, Square Handkerchief Reef and northern portions of the Pass Marianne and Telegraph reefs. All other areas remain closed to the harvest ...

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DMR reopens oyster reefs after two-week closure

GULF OF MEXICO — The Department of Marine Resources has reopened oyster reefs in Pass Christian and Henderson Point. The reefs also include Handkerchief Reef and northern areas of Pass Marianne and Telegraph reefs. The areas were closed Nov. 26. All other reefs remain closed until testing shows they are once again safe for human consumption. All other oyster harvest ...

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DMR opens oyster reefs that were closed due to T.S. Karen

GULF OF MEXICO — Oyster reefs that were closed Oct. 3 due to the threat of Tropical Storm Karen will reopen today, according to officials with the Department of Marine Resources. Those areas include: • Area II “A” – Conditionally Approved Waters — This area includes northern portions of the Pass Christian and Henderson Point reefs and Hornets reef. • ...

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Are those mussels legal? Two species now protected

While mussels may be tasty, beware — eating a couple of species is now a federal offense. Two species of freshwater mussels have been designated as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The mussels are only found in portions of the Cumberland and Tennessee River systems. The agency designated 24 critical habitats in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia for ...

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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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CMR approves limited oyster-harvesting season

GULF OF MEXICO — The Commission on Marine Resources has voted to open a limited oyster season in Mississippi on Sept. 30 for tonging and Oct. 14 for dredging. The Sun Herald reports oystering will be allowed in conditionally approved areas on the Telegraph, Pass Marianne and Pass Christian reefs. Southern portions of Telegraph and Pass Marianne reefs, and all ...

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MDMR extends tonging-only oyster season; closing date to be set

GULF OF MEXICO — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources says the limited oyster season — for tonging only — will extend past the Dec. 29 closing date. The Mississippi Press reports a new closing date will be set later. The closing date of the limited oyster season for dredging is still set for 4 p.m. Saturday. The Bayou Caddy ...

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River stage forces closure of waters to oystermen

GULF OF MEXICO — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) has closed Area II “A” Conditionally Approved Waters, Area II “B” Conditionally Approved Waters and Area II “D” Conditionally Approved Waters to the harvest of oysters due to the Pearl River stage exceeding the 10-foot management plan criteria for these areas. This includes: • Area II “A” Conditionally Approved ...

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