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State Wants To Hear From Fishermen About Oyster, Blue Crab

By Evelina Burnett | Published 22 May 2014 08:37am | comments
A 2009 oyster cultch plant (photo courtesy Mississippi Department of Marine Resources)

The Department of Marine Resources wants to hear from Mississippi oyster and blue crab fishermen on its plans for almost $11 million of recovery money the state is receiving.

Flooding in 2011 led to the opening of a spillway that poured freshwater into the Mississippi sound. The DMR says that freshwater ended up killing about 86 percent of the oysters in the western Mississippi sound and it led to a 53 percent decrease in blue crab landings. Traci Floyd, deputy director of fisheries, says the federal relief funds meant to repair this damage can be used in a variety of ways.

The DMR will host a public meeting tonight to get input from fishermen about the $10.9 million in relief funds the state is receiving from NOAA Fisheries.

The DMR says it plans to submit a proposal to NOAA for the use of the grant money and will include comments from tonight’s meeting. The meeting is at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 22, at St. Thomas Church in Long Beach.

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A 2009 oyster cultch plant (photo courtesy Mississippi Department of Marine Resources)


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