What are fish descending devices?

Experienced deep-sea anglers are all too familiar with the challenge of releasing snapper, grouper and other reef species caught in deep water. It’s not an issue unique to the Gulf of Mexico. In fact, it is fair to say it happens worldwide. The problem is barotrauma, a condition caused by the rapid change in atmospheric…

Gulf Regional Extension Meeting

National Sea Grant Law Center and Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Legal Program Director Stephanie Otts, second from right, takes part in a group discussion about takings law during the regional extension meeting, which was held July 18-19 in Biloxi, Miss. This meeting was the first regional extension meeting since 2007.

Zeke’s Landing Marina pioneers fish recycling program

Zeke’s Landing Marina, the first Clean Marina in Alabama, and Protein Products, Inc., a leader in servicing premier pet food companies, have created a way to keep fish carcasses from being taken to landfills. A newly launched fish recycling program, sponsored in part by the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, is repurposing fish parts that are…

Modified gear could increase shrimp catch by 10 percent, limit bycatch

A small portion of Texas’ commercial shrimping fleet will begin trawling state and federal waters 30 minutes after sunset on Sunday with modified gear that could increase their catch by as much as 10 percent while limiting the amount of unwanted species caught to federally acceptable levels. For an industry that frequently operates on a…

Register now for Bays and Bayous Symposium

Registration is open for the 2012 Mississippi-Alabama Bays and Bayous Symposium. The event will be held Nov. 14-15 in Biloxi, Miss., at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center. The theme for the two-day coastal symposium is “Finding a common currency: Natural resource economics, ecology and culture.” The event will include networking opportunities, guest speakers…

Twilley Named Louisiana Sea Grant Director

Dr. Robert Twilley is the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program’s new executive director. He begins his duties in mid-August. Twilley comes to Sea Grant from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he served as vice president for research over the past two years. He previously served as associate vice chancellor for research and economic…

Dive into Florida’s scalloping season

Scallopers, rejoice! Just in time for the start of Florida’s 2012 scalloping season, Florida Sea Grant has published the boat ramp and marina locator map, “Recreational Harvesting of the Florida Bay Scallop: Steinhatchee and Keaton Beach Areas.” Inside, viewers will find a full-color map identifying access routes to the boat ramps and marinas in southern…