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Harbor projects in full swing across Coast

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Commercial and recreational boat slips are under construction or repair in almost every city across South Mississippi. The Sun Herald reports the biggest projects are new harbors being built in Bay St. Louis and Pass Christian that will add a total of 348 new boat slips to the Coast. Pass Christian Mayor Chipper McDermott says the ...

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MDEQ issues Coast beach advisories

HARRISON COUNTY — State officials are warning that the water along several stretches of beach in Harrison County may have high bacteria levels that could expose swimmers to an increased risk of illness. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality issued a warning yesterday for two beach segments in Biloxi and Gulfport. Neither area has been closed to swimming. Officials issued ...

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IP subsidiary fined $3.3M for Pearl River fish kill

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has ordered Temple Inland, a subsidiary of International Paper, to pay $3.3 million and serve two years of probation for polluting the Pearl River in 2011 with illegal discharges from its Bogalusa paper mill that killed thousands of fish. Equipment malfunctioned at the mill, which makes containerboard, allowing an untreated plume of a substance ...

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Sewer spill prompts MDEQ advisory for Coast bayou

BAY ST. LOUIS — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has issued a temporary water contact advisory for Joe’s Bayou near Felicity Street in Bay St. Louis. The advisory is issued due to a city-reported sewer spill, which occurred Sunday night from a malfunctioning pump station. The City of Bay St. Louis has stopped the overflow and is working ...

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After lengthy restoration, harbor finally reopens

BILOXI — Delays are over and the Biloxi Commercial Harbor has re-opened in time for the 2013 shrimp season. WLOX TV reports that shrimpers are glad the harbor is back in business. The harbor has 55 slips, along with concrete piers and new pilings. It’s also deeper than before. The harbor was badly damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The ...

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Hatchery releases largemouth bass fingerlings in three rivers

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) Lyman Fish Hatchery has released 49,592 Florida largemouth bass fingerlings in the Pascagoula, Tchoutacabouffa and Jordan rivers. The fish have a fast growth rate, growing up to three pounds a year and reaching weights of well over 10 pounds. “This release is a benefit to the fishery and to our ...

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NOAA nixes Gulf state's red snapper season request

GULF OF MEXICO — Red snapper, one of the most popular fish in the Gulf of Mexico, are the biggest and most plentiful in years, but the red snapper season in federal waters keeps getting shorter. A branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has rejected the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council’s request for a 22-day recreational season ...

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Catfish farmers challenged by markets lost to imports

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Catfish farmers continue to address production challenges as the industry works to reclaim markets lost to imported fish. Jeremy Robbins, vice president of The Catfish Institute based in Jackson, said farmers have struggled in recent years with high feed prices, their No. 1 expense, while dealing with increased competition from imports. “There is no denying the quality ...

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