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There's hope early season heralds better decade

BILOXI — Derick Ross, his father and his younger brother boarded the 53-foot Mark and Dawn and set out to ply Mississippi waters for shrimp this week, just as Rosses have done since ancestors arrived here from Alabama on a schooner in 1896. By noon, fishing in wind and choppy water around Horn Island, they had caught only about 150 ...

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Gulf Coast seafood safe to eat and readily available

Mississippi Gulf Coast seafood is available and safe. Stringent measures are taken by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources to ensure seafood safety. The regulatory state agency has always been responsible for taking those measures but stepped up their efforts during last year’s BP oil spill drama. “Our seafood is most certainly safe to eat. It always was,” said Joe ...

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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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Oystermen sailing choppy waters

Industry seeing worst year since Katrina In 2005, Mississippi oystermen were left pondering their future after Hurricane Katrina devastated the state’s fleet and reefs. Now, they are experiencing another “perfect storm,” battling not only weather, but also increased competition and food safety issues following a norovirus outbreak. “We are starving this season,” oysterman Randy Lesso Jr. said bluntly in a ...

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Perrett honored for lifetime achievement

Recently retired Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) deputy director William “Corky” Perret has been awarded the America’s WETLAND Foundation (AWF) Lifetime Achievement Award. Lake Charles, La., Mayor Randy Roach presented Perret with the award at the third-annual America’s Energy Coast Leadership Forum in Biloxi. After receiving both a bachelor of science and master’s degrees from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, ...

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Walker receives Stratton Award

Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) executive director Bill Walker has received the Julius A. Stratton Award for leadership in coastal management. The national award was presented by NOAA at the Coastal Zone Conference to acknowledge great leadership in the spirit of Dr. Stratton, the first leader of the U.S. Ocean Commission. Walker has distinguished himself as a leader in ...

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