Charter Boat Captains Question EPA Pollution Report - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Charter Boat Captains Question EPA Pollution Report

A new EPA pollution report claims the worst coastal waters in America are in the Gulf of Mexico.

But some charter boat captains who fish those waters take issue with the government findings. Fishermen say while certain areas of the Gulf may be troubled, the offshore waters near Mississippi are not.

Charter boat captains at the Broadwater Marina take tourists 20 to 50 miles offshore, where the waters are clear and the fish are plentiful.

Pat Foster spent the morning with his power sander. He's getting his 41-foot Hatteras in shape for the upcoming red snapper season. Foster has been involved in offshore fishing for more than 30 years and doesn't believe the EPA report which suggests the Gulf of Mexico has significant problems with pollution.

"No, not as bad as they say. I think it's in areas like the mouth of the river. They've got some spots out there in the Gulf. But around here it's good fishing and it's picking up," Foster said.

The president of the Mississippi charter boat captain's association also has problems with the federal findings. Tom Becker began charter fishing trips 17 years ago. His experience suggests an improvement in offshore waters.

"Where we fish, 300 times a year the boats out of here, we don't see it. It's not polluted. It's actually cleaner than it has been in years gone by," Becker said.

Charter boat captains we talked with say competition and regulations have had the biggest impact on fishing, not pollution. But they admit pollution in the gulf may be more of a factor just west of here, toward the mouth of the Mississippi.

"We've got bigger cities to the west of us and the stuff is coming down the river, we know that. And I think that's affecting offshore. But as far as around this area, no, it doesn't even come up in here," Becker said.

That means cleaner water and steady business for those who depend on fishing the gulf waters.

By Steve Phillips

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Police: Man stole $10k in jewelry from Pass Christian home

    Police: Man stole $10k in jewelry from Pass Christian home

    Monday, May 21 2018 4:49 PM EDT2018-05-21 20:49:55 GMT
    Pass Christian Police have an arrest warrant on Lindsey Adam Goshorn for the crime of grand larceny. (Photo Source: Pass Christian Police Dept.)Pass Christian Police have an arrest warrant on Lindsey Adam Goshorn for the crime of grand larceny. (Photo Source: Pass Christian Police Dept.)
    Pass Christian Police have an arrest warrant on Lindsey Adam Goshorn for the crime of grand larceny. (Photo Source: Pass Christian Police Dept.)Pass Christian Police have an arrest warrant on Lindsey Adam Goshorn for the crime of grand larceny. (Photo Source: Pass Christian Police Dept.)

    The Pass Christian Police Department is looking for a man who they say stole $10,000 worth of jewelry from a home in April. 

    More >>

    The Pass Christian Police Department is looking for a man who they say stole $10,000 worth of jewelry from a home in April. 

    More >>
  • 2 MS officers fired amid claims of police brutality

    2 MS officers fired amid claims of police brutality

    Monday, May 21 2018 4:38 PM EDT2018-05-21 20:38:21 GMT
    Barnett is still recovering from his injuries. He claims he was beaten so badly, he is currently unable to work and has to have surgery on his eye. (Photo source: WDAM)Barnett is still recovering from his injuries. He claims he was beaten so badly, he is currently unable to work and has to have surgery on his eye. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Two Laurel police officers have been terminated from the department following an internal investigation into allegations of police brutality.

    More >>

    Two Laurel police officers have been terminated from the department following an internal investigation into allegations of police brutality.

    More >>
  • Ocean Springs getting ready for golf carts on city streets

    Ocean Springs getting ready for golf carts on city streets

    Monday, May 21 2018 3:06 PM EDT2018-05-21 19:06:40 GMT
    A golf cart that meets Ocean Springs' legal standards can runs between $7,000 and $13,000. (Photo Source: WLOX)A golf cart that meets Ocean Springs' legal standards can runs between $7,000 and $13,000. (Photo Source: WLOX)
    A golf cart that meets Ocean Springs' legal standards can runs between $7,000 and $13,000. (Photo Source: WLOX)A golf cart that meets Ocean Springs' legal standards can runs between $7,000 and $13,000. (Photo Source: WLOX)

    Golf carts aren't just for for driving around on golf courses anymore.  At the end of the month, you'll see them on the streets of Ocean Springs.

    More >>

    Golf carts aren't just for for driving around on golf courses anymore.  At the end of the month, you'll see them on the streets of Ocean Springs.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly