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Marine Debris Removal Contract Awarded for MS Sound

In just two weeks, a Pass Christian company and another from Alabama will begin cleaning up storm debris from the Mississippi Sound.

The U.S. Coast Guard awarded the marine debris removal contract to Matthews Marine of Pass Christian and Gulf Equipment of Theodore, Alabama. That's according to the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources.

The clean up will take place from below mean-high tide to one-half mile out.

DMR officials say Matthews Marine has worked on several projects related to derelict vessel removal in the Mississippi Sound. Gulf Equipment performed marine debris removal work in Florida following Hurricane Ivan.

"I have sent Matthews Marine the list of our Mississippi fishermen who are interested in working the marine debris removal effort and Matthews seems interested in using it," said DMR Staff Officer Irvin Jackson, who is working closely with the Coast Guard in coordinating the marine debris removal effort in Mississippi.

Marine debris removal in the Mississippi Sound is expected to begin within two weeks.

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