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Celebrate MS Seafood for National Seafood Month

Posted by [email protected] on October 27, 2017 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

The next time you enjoy Mississippi seafood, celebrate the people who brought it to you!

October is National Seafood Month, and there’s no better place to celebrate seafood than right here in the Magnolia State.

What Mississippi may lack in coastline length, it more than makes up for in seafood heritage and pride. Popular delights like oysters, shrimp, flounder and blue crabs – just to name a few – are all pulled from the briny waters off our coast and shipped fresh to seafood lovers across the state and this great nation.

The Mississippi seafood industry had a profound impact on the Gulf coast by establishing itself as a diverse immigrant community that led it to be called the “Seafood Capital of the World” as far back as 1869. In 1890 alone, local canneries reportedly processed 2 million pounds of oysters and 614,000 pounds of shrimp. Twelve years later, those numbers had skyrocketed as 12 canneries reported a combined catch of nearly 6 million pounds of oysters and 4.4 million pounds of shrimp.

Over the years, Slovenians, Cajuns, Eastern Europeans and Vietnamese (among others) came to Mississippi for its seafood bounty, its canning industry and its promise of opportunity for all.

Fast forward to 2015, when Mississippi landed 306 million pounds of seafood – more than any other Gulf state but Louisiana. Current landings support nearly 10,000 jobs and generate more than $239 million in economic value.

Mississippi has launched an extensive marketing campaign to promote its proud seafood culture. The Mississippi Seafood Trail was established by the Mississippi Hospitality and Restaurant Association in 2014 to reinvigorate the local seafood industry and help area restaurants increase sales of genuine Gulf seafood in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

The Trail’s focus was to promote restaurants that proudly serve wild-caught, genuine Gulf seafood. With 69 participating restaurants across 360 miles from the Delta to the Gulf Coast, the Mississippi Seafood Trail makes it easy for tourists and residents to find establishments that offer genuine, delicious Gulf seafood.

At the heart of Mississippi’s seafood success is a strong commitment to science. Fishermen and women team up with scientists to improve data collection and the science used to manage our fisheries. Managers work with fishermen to develop and implement policies that rely on sound science to protect both the fish and the fishermen. Government workers and fishermen collaborate to identify and fund opportunities to collaboratively solve problems.

It is truly a team effort, and one that has its roots in the strong Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The Magnuson-Stevens Act is our nation’s bipartisan fishery backbone, and it is something all Mississippians should be proud of. Thanks to Magnuson-Stevens’s science-based conservation requirements, 41 fish stocks have been rebuilt nationwide since 2001, and the number of fish stocks needing protection remains near all-time lows. Healthy fish stocks ensure profitable fishing businesses and a steady supply of sustainable seafood not just for today – but for future generations of fishermen, watermen and satisfied consumers like you.

Mississippi’s culture is a blend of traditions from a diverse community of people who pride themselves on their seafood history and heritage. When you purchase Mississippi Gulf seafood, you’re not only getting the highest-quality seafood, you’re supporting the state’s rich local culture and unique way of life. That’s a year-round reality we are celebrating this month.

So the next time you enjoy a dozen shrimp, red snapper fillet, crab cake or bowl of shrimp gumbo, take a moment to celebrate the people who helped bring this seafood to you.

* Special thanks to Eric Brazer for drafting this letter that was published in The Sun Herald- Biloxi on Friday, October 27, 2017. Eric Brazer is the Deputy Director of the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders’ Alliance - the largest organization of commercial snapper and grouper fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico, which works to ensure that our fisheries are sustainably managed so fishing businesses can thrive and fishing communities can exist for future generations.

MSCFU Announces Particpation in the MDEQ Beach Outfalls Challenge

Posted by [email protected] on April 8, 2017 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (0)

The Mississippi Commercial Fisheries United, Inc. (MSCFU) is pleased to announce our participation as a registered team in the MDEQ Beach Outfalls Challenge. This is a public prize competition in which 28 registered teams will compete in a challenge to "enhance Mississippi's ability to restore and maintain ecological integrity of priority bays and estuaries by providing measurable improvements to water quality and reducing significant sources of degradation".

Through the Beach Outfalls Challenge, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) hopes to have competitors come up with practical, implementable eco-restoration solutions for water resource improvement. These designs need to be flexible in implementation, aesthetically pleasing, not have any unintended consequences, and be compliant with MDEQ's National Fish and Wildlife (NFWF) proposal. MDEQ is seeking two different areas of focus for water improvement applications, as designs can focus on outfalls with in-stream or on-beach solutions.

Winning designs will be implemented, at pilot scale, by MDEQ. To learn more about the MDEQ Beach Outfalls Challenge and why it is important for MSCFU to be involved please visit our team page at:




If you would like to particpate on our Team or would like to become a sponsor please contact [email protected] Design submissions are due April 14, 2017 at 5 P.M. Central Time.

Notice of Public Hearing for Shrimp Amendment 17B

Posted by [email protected] on February 8, 2017 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Notice of Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council Public Hearing regarding Shrimp Amendment 17B:

Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Courtyard Marriott

1600 E. Beach Blvd.

Gulfport, MS 39501

(228) 864-4310

The Council reviewed a public hearing draft of Shrimp Amendment 17B. The Council selected preferred alternatives that would establish an aggregate maximum sustainable yield of 1.12 million pounds of tails and aggregate optimum yield of 8.5 million pounds of tails; set a minimum threshold number of shrimp permits at 1,072; form a review panel when the number of permits reaches 1,175; and allow vessels to transit through Gulf federal waters without a federal vessel permit if trawl doors and nets are out of the water and the bag straps are removed from the net. The Council will host public hearing meetings for Shrimp 17B in conjunction with Coral Amendment 7 scoping meetings.

Visit here to view the entire Gulf Council meeting recap:



Posted by [email protected] on February 8, 2017 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)

BILOXI, Miss. – A portion of an oyster reef in Pass Christian will open Thursday, Feb. 9, for tonging, officials with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources announced Wednesday.


Conditionally Approved Area II “F” will open at legal sunrise Thursday. It is part of the Pass Christian Reef and is known as the “Tonging Box.”


All applicable rules and regulations shall remain in effect, and all other waters and reefs shall remain closed to the harvest of oysters.


- See more at: http://www.dmr.state.ms.us/index.php/news-a-events/recent-news/1052-17-10-mms#sthash.SXHoomJ7.dpuf

SSA To Host Town Hall in Biloxi 12/19 on ITC Anti-Dumping Duties

Posted by [email protected] on December 8, 2016 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)
Shrimp Industry: The Southern Shrimp Alliance is hosting a town hall meeting in Biloxi, MS on December 19, 2016 at 10:00 am. Where: MSU Coastal Research and Extension Center 1815 Popps Ferry Rd., Biloxi, MS 39532 - SSA Director John Williams to attend The purpose of the meeting is to provide information on an important U.S. International Trade Commission survey that has a Dec. 28 deadline in regards to anti-dumping duties on imported shrimp. The ITC seeks information from shrimp fishermen, shrimp buyers, shrimp processors, and shrimp importers to determine if material injury continues to occur from the illegal dumping of imports. This topic is up for sunset review and could result in the loss of tariffs if survey participation is negligible. Participation in the survey could determine eligibility for future payments from funds collected as a result of anti-dumping agreements. If you are a stake holder in the U.S. shrimp industry, completion of the survey is highly recommended. The survey will be made available for meeting attendees to complete. The survey can be completed online as well. For more information please visit: http://myemail.constantcontact.com/U-S--International-Trade-Commission-Issues-Questionnaires-and-Schedule-for-Final-Phase-of-Sunset-Review.html?soid=1101678645899&aid=ktBtW4uD4lc

Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council to Meet in Biloxi

Posted by [email protected] on October 14, 2016 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet October 17-20, 2016, at the IP Casino Hotel in Biloxi, Mississippi. The meeting will convene Monday morning at 8:30. For the following days, the meeting will start at 8:00 am. The full Council will convene Wednesday afternoon beginning at 1:00 pm. The Council is expected to adjourn by 3:30 pm Thursday. The Committees & Council Agenda is posted on the Council web site and meeting materials will be posted as they become available. Public comment is scheduled Wednesday from 2:45 pm to 5:30 pm. Testimony will be taken on the following: -Final Action on Coastal Migratory Pelagic Framework Amendment 5: To Remove the Prohibition on Retaining the Recreational King Mackerel Bag Limit with Commercial King Mackerel Permit -Final Action of Referendum Requirements for Reef Fish Amendment 42: Reef Fish Management for Headboat Survey Vessels -Proposed Fishing Regulations on the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary -Final Action on Coastal Migratory Pelagic Amendment 30: Atlantic Cobia Recreational Fishing Year Please visit www.GulfCouncil.org for more information!

2016-2017 MS Oyster Season Set to Open Oct 3

Posted by [email protected] on September 30, 2016 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)
The state Commission on Marine Resources voted unanimously Tuesday to open oyster season beginning at legal sunrise Monday, Oct. 3. The reefs in the western portion of the Mississippi Sound will be open to tonging and dredging. The daily sack limit is 25 for dredgers and 15 for tongers. MDMR scientists estimate nearly 80,000 sacks of oysters survived a series of mortality events in August in the western Sound. Commissioners voted to establish a harvest quota not to exceed 35 percent, nearly 28,000, for this year???s oyster season. Commissioners also voted unanimously to place a moratorium on license sales for oyster harvesting, which became effective with the vote. The moratorium applies to recreational and commercial licenses. License sales are limited to those fishermen who purchased a commercial or recreational oyster license from March of 2015 through April of 2016. Also, if the commercial vessel were damaged or lost, the license can be transferred to the new vessel. Visit link below for official opening order of the 2016-2017 Mississippi oyster season: http://dmr.ms.gov/index.php/news-a-events/public-notices/982-shellfish-opening-order-092316

Louisiana inshore fall shrimp season set to open

Posted by [email protected] on August 9, 2016 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)
The inshore Louisiana fall white shrimp season opening date was set on August the 4th at the LDWFC meeting. The opening dates have been set as follows: On August 15, 2016 at 6 pm the eastern zones 1 & 2 will open for shrimping in Louisiana territorial waters. On August 22 at 6 am the western zone 3 will open for shrimping in Louisiana territorial waters. Please visit the Louisiana Departmemt of Wildlife's official announcement for more information and zone map: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/shrimp-seasons

MS Commercial Red Drum Season to Close

Posted by [email protected] on July 17, 2016 at 3:05 AM Comments comments (0)
The Mississippi commercial season for red drum will close temporarily on Monday, June 18, 2016 at 11:59 pm as a 20,000 lb portion of the commercial quota has been reached.The season is scheduled to reopen for the commercial harvest of red drum on Thursday, September 1. 2016 at 12:01 am. For more information visit: http://dmr.ms.gov/index.php/news-a-events/recent-news/955-16-48-mms

MSCFU Parters with Audubon G.U.L.F. To Promote Sustainable Fisheries

Posted by [email protected] on July 6, 2016 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)
The Mississippi Commercial Fishermen Union recently partnered with Audubon Nature Institute's Gulf United for Lasting Fisheries (G.U.L.F.) to promote sustainable fishing practices throughout the commercial fishery. Specifically, both parties recently signed a Letter of Participation for a Shrimp Marine Advancement Plan that sets goals for the Mississippi shrimp industry to advance the sustainability discussion. The full press release can be viewed at: http://audubongulf.org/mscfu-partners-with-gulf/