department of marine resources

Mississippi deluges: Low salinity kills baby oysters

By JANET McCONNAUGHEY BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) — Deluges along Mississippi’s coast have damaged the state’s current generation of oysters two years after fresh water from a Louisiana flood control structure all but wiped out live adults on reefs.…

Coronavirus Aid Relief assistance for fishermen opens Nov. 9

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act applications for commercial and charter fisheries participants will open 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 9 on the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources website at dmr.ms.gov/cares-act-assistance/. Applicants must be a Mississippi resident 18 years…

DMR closes Area 5 to oyster harvesting at noon Wednesday

BILOXI, Miss. – Officials with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources announced Wednesday that Area 5 Approved growing waters are closed to the harvest of oysters beginning at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, due to the threat of…

DMR urges boaters to take care around Katrina Key

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources urges boaters to be cautious around a project to expand Katrina Key reef on the south side of Deer Island. Concrete rubble will be deployed by barge to expand the existing Katrina Key structure…

Mississippi lawmakers returning to work on state budget

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi legislators are returning to the Capitol to deal with the unfinished state budget as leaders are clashing with Republican Gov. Tate Reeves. The House and Senate will convene Monday.…

Local reactions to DMR budget battle

A temporary funding solution has been found for the Department of Marine Resources to operate over the holiday weekend, but the battle for funding still continues. The state department responsible for everything marine-related on the Coast continues to face a…

DMR opens saltwater fishing to all this weekend

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources is offering a free saltwater fishing weekend this weekend. Saltwater sport fishing is open to everyone, whether they have a valid fishing license or not. That sportfishing is limited to the waters south of…

Sec. of State presents Tidelands Funds to DMR

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann along with local leaders presented a check for nearly 12 million dollars to the Department of Marine Resources today to help fund projects along the Coast. DMR received $11.7 million as part of the Tidelands…

Fishing Season in Mississippi Waters

The Department of Marine Resources has opened and closed some fishing seasons for both commercial and recreational fishermen in our Mississippi waters. On Saturday, the recreational fishing season for Gag Fish opened, along with the commercial fishing season for Greater…