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Damage in the wake of Hurricane Laura, photo credit: Healthy Gulf, Southwings

Oysters and hurricanes

Since we’re currently in the height of hurricane season, with Laura and Sally recently impacting large sections of the Gulf, I thought this would be a good time to share some information on how oysters are impacted by hurricanes, and how they can help protect us from hurricane damage. 

Fight over restoration dollars in MS

Fight over restoration dollars in MS

Mississippi’s Gulf coast faces major environmental challenges – the devastation of the oyster industry from numerous disasters, most recently the opening of the Bonnet Carre spillway; bacteria and water pollution hurting coastal tourism and fisheries; and the long-term loss of coastal habitat that helps sustain the Sound’s ecosystem.

Update on One Lake and Pearl River: Letters to Army Corps, FOIA, Turtles, September Clean Sweep Event

Update on One Lake and Pearl River: Letters to Army Corps, FOIA, Turtles, September Clean Sweep Event

This summary of news relevant to the Pearl River so far in 2020 includes notes on Jackson’s “One Lake” project, recent letters to the Secretary of the Army from Louisiana and Mississippi, Jackson Mississippi’s continuing sewage spills, the Pearl River Map Turtle’s status under the Endangered Species Act, and the Pearl River Clean Sweep – river clean up days in September.

Pearl Map Turtle. Credit: Cris Hagen, University of Georgia, Savannah River Ecology Laboratory

Suit wins agreement to determine protected status for Map turtles in Pearl and Pascagoula Rivers

A recent federal court suit by Healthy Gulf and the Center for Biological Diversity resulted in a settlement that requiries the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to stop delaying the listing determination under the Endangered Species Act for two map turtles. These turtles are endemics in the Pearl and Pascagoula River systems, and have been surveyed recently for the health of their populations.

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