DMR, DEQ close portions of Mississippi waters

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, in an abundance of caution, have announced the cloosing of a portion of Mississippi waters to all commercial and recreational fishing.

The closed area, announced June 1, includes those waters east of 88 degrees 40 minutes west longitude and south of the CSX Railroad, excluding Graveline Bayou and its tributaries. Individuals retaining any marine species from this closed area will be required to immediately return them to the waters.

This precautionary closure is a result of the presence of oil in this general area and the potential impacts of oil on Mississippi’s coastal marine resources.