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News

A silver fish is released into green water.
December 19, 2019 - Filed Under: Other Aquaculture Species, Fisheries

When most people think about tarpon, they probably picture a giant, shimmering, 6-foot fish leaping up towards the sky from the crystal-clear waters of southern Florida. What many people don’t know is that tarpon are also found just off our beaches in the northern Gulf of Mexico.

Although tarpon are not considered table fare in the United States, they are prized by recreational anglers because of their large size and acrobatic behavior. Tarpon generally swim in schools and make long coastal migrations from the southern Gulf of Mexico to the north in the late spring before migrating back south in the fall.

A red shrimp boat with similar boats behind and beside it.
September 18, 2019 - Filed Under: Environment, Fisheries, Marine Resources, Seafood Economics, Seafood Harvesting and Processing

LAPLACE, La. -- Heavy rainfall and snowmelt from the Midwest in 2019 led to three major firsts in the Bonnet Carré Spillway’s history, resulting in a massive influx of fresh water that caused adverse effects on marine life and seafood industries across the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

July 25, 2019 - Filed Under: Environment, Fisheries, Marine Resources, Seafood Economics, Seafood Harvesting and Processing

While the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is closing the Bonnet Carré Spillway this week, economic impacts of its months-long opening are expected to be felt in the seafood industry for years to come.

Side view of a fish with a needle device pointed between scales in the lower midsection. “Fish Venting Tool” is printed on the handle of the needle.
June 7, 2019 - Filed Under: Fisheries

Catch and release angling can be an effective conservation tool but only when it’s done correctly.

A man in a boat holds a red snapper fish with a hook-and-line mechanism.
May 23, 2019 - Filed Under: Fisheries

Red snapper suffered a population decline in Gulf Coast waters in the 1900s because of overfishing, but anglers today report they simply cannot avoid them, even when fishing for other species.

Success Stories

A man wearing a blue collared shirt stands in a boat with his hand on an old white steering wheel.
Natural Resources, Fisheries, Marine Resources
Volume 5 Number 2

When Ryan Bradley wanted to help make the Mississippi Sound cleaner and more profitable for commercial shrimpers, he knew where to turn for help launching a cleanup program.

Dark blue water meets the edge of white sand on a clean, empty beach.
Natural Resources, Fisheries, Marine Resources
Volume 5 Number 2

Mississippi’s commercial fish industry employs thousands of Magnolia State workers who work along the beautiful waters of the Gulf Coast.

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Your Extension Experts

Portrait of Mr. Bill Maily
Extension Associate III
Extension Associate II- Fisheries Wildlife,Fisheries, and Aquaculture
Portrait of Dr. Wes Neal
Extension/Research Professor
Fisheries Extension