DMR Unveils New Vessels
Today in Pascagoula the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources unveiled two of their newest vessels.
One is the Admiral Dewey, a new marine patrol vessel with enhanced offshore emergency response capabilities. The other is The Conservationist, a retrofitted oyster lugger, to assist in the restoration and conservation of oysters on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Governor Phil Bryant was on hand for the christening of the ships. He tells News 25 they will help the DMR reach their objectives on the Coast. “You know one to protect it. The men and women of the marine resources will use this offshore enforcement vessel to protect our coastline, but the other is The Conservationist. We are all conservationists here. It’s part of our oyster restoration program so we hope to get to a million sacks of oyster by 2025. The Conservationist will help do that research. It will help with the movement from one location to another. So, a great day for the DMR and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.”
The Conservationist was originally built in the 1970s while the Admiral Dewey was newly built through a joint enforcement agreement with NOAA.