Louisiana fishermen urge Mississippians to fight diversions

WWL Newsroom
September 01, 2019 - 12:21 pm

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A group of Louisiana fishermen and oystermen who oppose diverting freshwater are recruiting allies in Mississippi.

Concerns about Mississippi River diversions were raised at a meeting in Gulfport. It focused on damage to the Mississippi Sound following two openings of the Bonnet Carre spillway this year.

George Ricks, a charter boat captain and president of the Save Louisiana Coalition, addressed a meeting of about 200 people.

Ricks says the Mid-Breton diversion would introduce freshwater into the saltwater of the Mississippi Sound constantly, bringing additional damage to seafood and tourism.

The Save Louisiana Coalition represents seafood and fishery interests.

Moby Solangi of the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport urges people to lobby for changes in how the spillway is operated.

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