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MSCFU Member Meeting Scheduled 05/12/16

Posted by Mscfuwebs@gmail.com on May 5, 2016 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The Mississippi Commercial Fishermen Union (MSCFU) will hold a member meeting on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 6 pm at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Long Beach, MS. Potential members whom are commercial fishermen/ fishing businesses including charter boat operators are welcome to attend. MSCFU is a registered non-profit organization and is free to join. New members can register in person at the meeting or online.  Please e-mail mscfuwebs@gmail.com for more information.

Commercial Redfish Season Reopen May 1

Posted by Mscfuwebs@gmail.com on May 1, 2016 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)
The MS commercial redfish season reopened on May 1, 2016 for all licensed commercial fishermen in MS state waters. The season will remain open until Aug 31 or the next 20,000 lbs is caught. The Total Allowable Catch for MS commercial redfish landings is 60,000 lbs. Please be advised that all fishermen who are commercially fishing for redfish must posses a valid commercial license, the boat must possess a valid commercial fishing license, and everyone on board the boat must possess a valid commercial fishing license from the state of MS.

MS Shrimping waters south of ICW to remain open through May 15

Posted by Mscfuwebs@gmail.com on April 27, 2016 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (0)
Shrimp season will remain open in Mississippi waters south of the Intracoastal Waterway until May 15, 2016 at 6:00 am. For more information visit: http://dmr.ms.gov/index.php/news-a-events/recent-news/917-16-28-mms or call the MS Shrimp Information Hotline at 1-866-WE-TRAWL

Louisiana Shrimp Season Opened 4/22/16 Outside Marsh

Posted by Mscfuwebs@gmail.com on April 23, 2016 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)
Shrimp Season to Open in Portion of Louisiana Offshore Territorial Waters on April 22 The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will open a portion of state outside waters to shrimping at 6 a.m. on Friday, April 22. This area lies seaward of Terrebonne Parish and extends a distance of three nautical miles seaward from the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line, beginning at the northwest shore of Caillou Boca at -90 degrees 50 minutes 27 seconds west longitude and extending westward to the eastern shore of the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the channel red buoy line. More information and map can be found by visiting LDWFP's site below: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/shrimp-seasons

CMR TO MEET APRIL 19 IN BILOXI

Posted by Mscfuwebs@gmail.com on April 15, 2016 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

CMR Meeting- Public welcome to attend. Public comments can be made at the end of the meeting but must fill out comment form before meeting begins.


COMMISSION ON MARINE RESOURCES

April 19, 2016 AGENDA

9:00 a.m.

Bolton State Building Auditorium, 1141 Bayview Avenue, Biloxi, MS 39530

A. Call to Order

    1. Pledge of Allegiance

B. Approval of Minutes - March 22, 2016 - Action

C. Approval of Agenda - Chairman - Action

D. Executive Director's Report

    1. Administrative Penalties - Sandy Chesnut a. Nam Van Nguyen - Cause No. 081815 -Action

E. OFFICE OF MARINE PATROL - Chief Keith Davis

    1. Report on Citations

    2. Live K-9 Demonstration by Alabama Department of Marine Resources presented by Major Scott Bannon

F. OFFICE OF MARINE FISHERIES - Joe Jewell

    1. Seafood Technology Program Update - Jessica Rankin

    2. Jackson County Board of Supervisors Resolution for One-Mile Menhaden Exclusion - Joe Jewell - Action

G. OFFICE OF COASTAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT - Jan Boyd

    1. Bureau of Wetlands Permitting - a. Title 22 Part 23: Updating language and reorganization of the Mississippi Coastal Program/NOI - Willa Brantley - Action

H. OFFICE OF COASTAL RESTORATION AND RESILIENCY - George Ramseur

   1. Round Island Restoration - George Ramseur

   2. State of Our Coast Agenda - George Ramseur

I. OFFICE OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION - Kacey Williams, Chief Financial Officer

   1. FY16 Monthly Report - Kacey Williams

   2. FY15 BKD Audit Results - Kacey Williams

J. Directorate

  1. Public Affairs: Melissa Scallan

Crab trap gear closure and derelict trap removal set to begin

Posted by Mscfuwebs@gmail.com on March 26, 2016 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

MDMR announces crab trap gear closure BILOXI, Miss.

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources will conduct a crab trap gear closure for commercial and recreational crab fishermen beginning at 6 a.m. Tuesday, April 5, 2016 through 6 a.m. Thursday, April 15. From April 5-11, crabbers must remove their own traps from the designated closure areas, which is all waters south of Interstate 10, out to 100 feet from the main shoreline. The closure areas include any river, bayou, creek, canal, stream, tributary, lake, bay, inlet, channel or other water source entering areas defined as salt waters under the jurisdiction of the MDMR. Any crab trap found in the designated closure areas from April 12-14 will be considered derelict and is subject to removal by participants approved and registered within the MDMR's Blue Crab Restoration Program.

The MDMR will fund the program using disaster funds received in 2014 as a result of the damages to the crab fishery from the 2011 opening of the Bonnet Carre spillway. - See more at: http://dmr.ms.gov/index.php/news-a-events/recent-news/906-16-21-mms#.dpuf

Commercial Redfish seasons closure

Posted by Mscfuwebs@gmail.com on March 24, 2016 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)
Commercial Red Drum season closes March 25 BILOXI, Miss. ??? Officials with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources announced Thursday that the commercial fishing season for Red Drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) will close in Mississippi territorial waters on Friday, March 25, at 12:01 p.m. The season will reopen on Sunday, May 1, 2016, at 12:01 a.m. The yearly quota for commercial Red Drum is 60,000 pounds. The Commission on Marine Resources has set three four-month seasons with a 20,000-pound quota in each season. 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. - See more at: http://www.dmr.ms.gov/index.php/news-a-events/recent-news/905-16-20-mms#.dpuf

CMR to meet March 22 in Gautier

Posted by Mscfuwebs@gmail.com on March 18, 2016 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

CMR to meet March 22 in Gautier

 

BILOXI, Miss. – The Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources will meet Tuesday, March 22, in Gautier.

 

The meeting begins at 10 a.m. and will be held at Gautier City Hall, 3330 U.S. 90.

- See more at: http://www.dmr.ms.gov/index.php/news-a-events/recent-news/903-16-17-mms#sthash.pHfuTuHT.dpuf


COMMISSION ON MARINE RESOURCES


March 22, 2016 AGENDA

10:00 a.m.

Gautier City Hall, 3330 U.S. Hwy 90, Gautier, MS 39553


A. Call to Order

1. Pledge of Allegiance


B. Approval of Minutes Special Meeting– February 16, 2016 – Action


C. Approval of Agenda –Chairman – Action


D. Executive Director’s Report


E. OFFICE OF MARINE PATROL – Chief Keith Davis

1. Report on Citations

2. Update on JEA with NOAA


F. OFFICE OF MARINE FISHERIES – Joe Jewell

1. MDMR Weather Station Update – Kristina Broussard

2. Update on Crab Restoration Program – Rick Burris


G.OFFICE OF COASTAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT– Jan Boyd

1. No presentation this month


H. OFFICE OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION – Kacey Williams

1. FY15  Monthly Report


I. OFFICE OF COASTAL RESTORATION AND RESILIENCE – George Ramseur

1. Restore Project coordination with MDEQ

2. Announcement of this year’s 2nd Annual State of Our Coast Conference


J. Directorate

1. Public Affairs – Melissa Scallan

2. Announcement of the Winner of the 2nd Annual

Celebrate the Gulf Poster Contest – Jennifer Buchanan


K. Other Business

1. Update on Oyster Reefs in Jackson County – Randy Bosarge District 5 Supervisor – Jackson County Board of Supervisors

2. Executive Session


L. Public Comments



NOAA Hosting Meeting on Sea Turtles & TEDs for Skimmer Trawls

Posted by Mscfuwebs@gmail.com on March 17, 2016 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

NOAA Fisheries is considering new regulations in the shrimp fishery of the southeastern United States based on information indicating sea turtles are vulnerable to capture by skimmer trawls and tow times may not be as effective in reducing bycatch related mortality as turtle excluder devices. The agency will host five public meetings around the region to discuss and receive input from fishermen and other constituents on alternatives to reduce sea turtle bycatch and mortality.

The Mississippi meeting hosted by NOAA will be held at:

Biloxi, MS

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April 20, 2016, 5 p.m. -  7 p.m.,

Biloxi Visitor’s Center, 1050 Beach Boulevard,

Biloxi, MS 39530


More complete information from official NOAA bulletin can be read here:

http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/fishery_bulletins/documents/pdfs/2016/fb16-019_skimmer_trawl_mtgs.pdf


MS Blue Crab Recovery Program

Posted by Mscfuwebs@gmail.com on March 14, 2016 at 2:30 AM Comments comments (0)

MDMR to begin Blue Crab Restoration Program

 

16-15-CWS

March 10, 2016

 

MDMR to begin Blue Crab Restoration Program

 

BILOXI, Miss. – Officials with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources announced Thursday that the agency will begin the initial processing next week for a Blue Crab Restoration Program.

 

This program will consist of removing derelict crab traps from the Mississippi Sound, waterways and marshes in Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties.

 

“The derelict crab trap removal program has been very successful in the past and we believe it will have a positive impact on the environment and the industry by putting the fishermen to work before the season gets into full swing,” said Jamie M. Miller, executive director of the MDMR. “It is necessary every few years to clear our waterways and marsh of crab traps that are hazards to wildlife and humans.”

 

MDMR will hold informational meetings for eligible participants at 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, in the auditorium of the Bolton Building. Eligible participants also will be able to sign up for the program at the meetings.

 

The program will begin sometime in April.

 

Those who qualify include Mississippi commercial crab fishermen who had a resident commercial crab trap license from May 1, 2011 through April 30, 2012. In addition, eligible participants must have held a resident commercial crab trap license in at least one of the following three seasons: May 1, 2007 through April 30, 2008; May 1, 2008 through April 30, 2009; or May 1, 2009 through April 30, 2010.

 

Eligible participants will need to bring photo identification and all applicable licenses and vessel documentation.

 

The MDMR will pay the fishermen using disaster funds received in 2014 as a result of the damages to the crab fishery from the 2011 opening of the Bonnet Carré spillway.

 

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.

- See more at: http://www.dmr.ms.gov/index.php/news-a-events/recent-news/901-16-15-cws#sthash.8Z9KU9x1.dpuf


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