- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources has denied Jackson County’s request to limit menhaden fishing to at least a mile off the county’s mainland.

Tuesday’s vote was unanimous and came after the commission listened to arguments from both sides of the issue.

On March 7, The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1SarGyj) the Jackson County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to ask the state to limit menhaden boats to 1 mile offshore. The move would have closed 22 square miles of the Sound to commercial fishing by the company Omega Protein of Moss Point.

Commissioners said state law gives them leeway in making decisions on what’s best for the fishing community, which means they didn’t have to limit menhaden fishing just because the Board of Supervisors asked for it.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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