Calls to Action January 2017 - upcoming dates to remember

1. Get your free copy of MDMR's 2017 Marine Information Calendar!

Available at coastwide locations, while supplies last.

2. Apply to join our team!

Application deadlines are near!

3. Tell NOAA what you think about TEDs on skimmer trawls.

Photo credit Dan Foster/NOAA

Public comment is open for the proposed regulation to require Turtle Exclusion Devices on Skimmer Trawls in the Southeast Region. There will also be a public hearing January 11 in Biloxi, MS.

4. Get ready to take on this challenge!

The MS Dept. of Environmental Quality and partners are pleased to present a public prize challenge that will help improve water quality in the Mississippi Sound! Team registration opens January 9, 2017!

5. Water quality improvement is just one project planned to #restoreMS.

Help keep DWH settlement funds on the Coast when you voice support for coastal projects.

Deadline for public comment on the Mississippi Multiyear Implementation Plan (MIP) and the Mississippi State Expenditure Plan (MSEP) is January 17, 2017.

6. Submit your Celebrate the Gulf artwork for the 3rd annual poster contest!

Picture your artwork being used to promote Mississippi's coastal ecosystems! Deadline to enter is January 13, 2017.

7. Go fishing!

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources is pleased to bring in the new year with the opening of several saltwater fisheries!

Make sure to view our website for a full listing of fisheries openings, closures, size and bag limits, as well as licensing information.

8. Get your abstracts in!

9. Make your support or opposition to the #TwinLakesProject known to the U.S. Army Corps

The largest free-flowing river in the contiguous U.S. could be dammed up in the near future. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has begun an Environmental Impact Study, and is encouraging full public participation. A scoping hearing, "to officially test public reaction to the twin lake project," will be held Jan. 24 in Lucedale.

Other happenings in January...

In case you missed it, January 1 was the effective date for newly required crab trap escape rings to be installed and in use.

Check out these great conferences coming up, and register now!

Online registration for the 5th annual Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Conference closes January 27. The four-day Conference will consist of 23 scientific sessions with close to 350 oral presentations and 260 poster presentations. Several associated meetings & events and workshops will also be held.

Oyster South is working to advance oyster aquaculture in the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico regions. Become a supporting member, and register for the inaugural symposium.

Bringing ​#3Countries1Gulf ​together ​for the largest restoration effort ever conceived for the Gulf of Mexico.

If you're in to writing, you can be a contributor to IEEE Earthzine in 2017! The theme for the whole year centers around ecosystems like ours in and around the Gulf of Mexico.

Thanks for reading. Stay with us in 2017!

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources is dedicated to enhancing, protecting and conserving marine interests of the state by managing all marine life, public trust wetlands, adjacent uplands and waterfront areas to provide for the optimal commercial, recreational, educational and economic uses of these resources consistent with environmental concerns and social changes. Visit the DMR online at

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