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MDMR hydrographic dye study begins April 22 in Biloxi

19-22-CWS

April 15, 2019

MDMR hydrographic dye study begins April 22 in Biloxi

BILOXI, Miss. –Scientists from the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Shellfish Monitoring Program, together with staff from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Shellfish Sanitation Program, will conduct a hydrographic dye dilution study beginning April 22, 2019. They will be tracking the flow and dispersion of wastewater discharging into Biloxi Bay from the Keegan Bayou Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP).

There is one 24-hour dye injection period scheduled during the study. During this time, Rhodamine WT dye will be released from Keegan Bayou WWTP beginning the morning of April 24 and will continue for 24 hours until April 25. As a result of the dye injection, portions of the upper Biloxi Bay in the general vicinity of the East Biloxi WWTP discharge, and extending to Deer Island may turn reddish in color for a brief time and will be visible from the shores. Please note that this dye is not harmful to people or the ecosystem.

Information collected during this study will be used by MDMR to evaluate the impact of wastewater discharges on shellfish growing areas and will help scientists determine where shellfish may be safely harvested.

For additional information, please contact the MDMR at 228-374-5000.

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources is dedicated to enhancing, protecting and conserving marine interests of the state by managing all marine life, public trust wetlands, adjacent uplands and waterfront areas to provide for the optimal commercial, recreational, educational and economic uses of these resources consistent with environmental concerns and social changes. Visit the DMR online at dmr.ms.gov.

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CMR to meet Tuesday, April 16

19-21-CWS

April 12, 2019

CMR to meet Tuesday, April 16

BILOXI, Miss. – The state Commission on Marine Resources will meet Tuesday, April 16, in Biloxi.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. and will be held at the Bolton State Building in the first-floor auditorium.

An agenda is attached.

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources is dedicated to enhancing, protecting and conserving marine interests of the state by managing all marine life, public trust wetlands, adjacent uplands and waterfront areas to provide for the optimal commercial, recreational, educational and economic uses of these resources consistent with environmental concerns and social changes. Visit the DMR online at dmr.ms.gov.

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Celebrate the Gulf Marine Education Festival to be held April 6

19-19-CWS

March 28, 2019

 

 

Celebrate the Gulf Marine Education Festival to be held April 6

BILOXI, Miss. – The 28th annual Celebrate the Gulf Marine Education Festival, along with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality’s Waterfest, will be held Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at War Memorial Park in Pass Christian. This free and educational event features activities for the whole family and includes hands-on exhibits that teach the benefits of a healthy Gulf of Mexico.

In addition to free schooner rides, Celebrate the Gulf will feature the Raptor Bird Show, hands-on activities, caricatures, a photobooth, signed festival poster, a kids' fishing rodeo, over 35 environmental exhibits, door prize opportunities and the Student Science Showcase, which is dedicated to showcasing our coast’s young scientists.

Celebrate the Gulf is held in conjunction with Art in the Pass, which will also take place at War Memorial Park April 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Sponsors for Celebrate the Gulf are the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, MDEQ, Chevron, Coastal Conservation Association, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Secretary of State of Mississippi.

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources is dedicated to enhancing, protecting and conserving marine interests of the state by managing all marine life, public trust wetlands, adjacent uplands and waterfront areas to provide for the optimal commercial, recreational, educational and economic uses of these resources consistent with environmental concerns and social changes. Visit the DMR online at dmr.ms.gov.

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CMR certifies state record for Sand Perch

19-20-CWS

April 3, 2019

CMR certifies state record for Sand Perch

BILOXI, Miss. –The Commission on Marine Resources approved a conventional tackle state record, as well as youth division record, for Sand Perch (Diplectrum formosum) on March 19.

Julien Barr, 8, of Petal set the record with a fish that weighed 2.4 ounces.

Photo courtesy MS Department of Marine Resources

Julien Barr

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources is dedicated to enhancing, protecting and conserving marine interests of the state by managing all marine life, public trust wetlands, adjacent uplands and waterfront areas to provide for the optimal commercial, recreational, educational and economic uses of these resources consistent with environmental concerns and social changes. Visit the DMR online at dmr.ms.gov.

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Marine Patrol providing courtesy checks to boaters, helping reduce marine litter

19-18-CWS

March 26, 2019

Marine Patrol providing courtesy checks to boaters,

helping reduce marine litter

BILOXI, Miss. – With the upcoming boating season, Marine Patrol will be doing their part to help boaters prepare by conducting courtesy boat and water safety inspections, as well as advising on safety equipment deficiencies. In an effort to reduce marine litter, officers will also help educate boaters on how to properly stow their trash, what is an acceptable trash receptacle for their vessel and that each vessel displays the Title 22 Part 10 signage regarding the illegal disposal of garbage.

Officers will be at the following locations from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m.:

  •      March 29 – Yazoo Point in Pascagoula and Gulfport Harbor
  •      April 6 – Ocean Springs Harbor and Long Beach Harbor
  •      April 13 – D’Iberville Marina and Washington Street Boat Ramp in Bay St. Louis
  •      April 20 – Lighthouse Park Boat Ramp in Pascagoula and Bayou Caddy Boat Ramp
  •      April 27 – Kuhn Street Boat Ramp in Biloxi and Henderson Point Boat Ramp

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources is dedicated to enhancing, protecting and conserving marine interests of the state by managing all marine life, public trust wetlands, adjacent uplands and waterfront areas to provide for the optimal commercial, recreational, educational and economic uses of these resources consistent with environmental concerns and social changes. Visit the DMR online at dmr.ms.gov.

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