The chart below shows the commercial landings of oysters in the state of Mississippi since 1880. Data from 1880 to 1949 were compiled from various statistical publications published by NOAA Fisheries. Data from 1950 to the present were compiled from the NOAA website.


The market share of Mississippi oysters to total domestic landings in the U.S. was very erratic, reaching as high as 6.3 percent in 1964.


The imputed ex-vessel prices of Mississippi oysters relative to the average ex-vessel prices of all oysters harvested from the U.S. are shown in the chart below. Except in three years in the late 1980s, Mississippi oysters were landed at prices lower than the average for all oyster producing states in the U.S.


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The economic impacts of the Mississippi oyster industry are shown in the tables below. The entire Mississippi oyster industry generated total economic impacts amounting to $13.47 million. The industry created total employment impacts equivalent to 354 jobs.


Read more at http://www.coastal.msstate.edu/econimpactsoyster.html.

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USDA-ERS Webinar on Local Food Systems: What do we know about national trends?

Join Economist Sarah Low on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. EST. Sarah will overview ERS’s forthcoming report, to be released on January 29th at 10 a.m., on local food systems, “Trends in U.S. Local and Regional Food Systems: Report to Congress.” She will present the latest estimates on sales and farm participation in local food systems. She will also provide the first analyses comparing prices between direct-to-consumer outlets and conventional grocery outlets and local food farm growth and survival between 2007 and 2012.  The webinar will include results from the USDA Farm to School census and the 2012 Census of Agriculture as well as an overview of the literature on consumer willingness to pay, environmental impacts, and policy related to local foods systems at the Federal, state, and local/regional levels.


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Coastal Research & Extension Center Commodity Advisory Council

February 24, 2015

Coastal Research and Extension Center
1815 Popps Ferry Road, Biloxi, MS 39532

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Please RSVP by February 17, 2015
Via email: LesterM@ext.msstate.edu or
phone: 228-546-1004

Individuals are invited to this Advisory Council are as representatives of specific commodities and are asked by Mississippi State University to evaluate and provide future direction for research and educational programs for their commodity. Your input is extremely valuable to us in setting priorities for the coming year.

Please see the attached Flyer for more details.


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Tuesday Mornings are for Mississippi MarketMaker Outreach

Tuesday Mornings are for Mississippi MarketMaker Outreach

Dr. Benedict Posadas
Mississippi State University, Coastal Research and Extension Center
Website: http://www.coastal.msstate.edu/MMNewsletter.html
Volume 4, Issue 19, Dec. 9, 2014

For the past four years, I have spent most of my Tuesday mornings primarily for the Mississippi MarketMaker (MS-MM) Outreach consisting of personal contacts, websites, online newsletter and social media networks.

  1.  Provide an electronic database of seafood establishments, farmers markets, for-hire charter boats, restaurants, processors, retail stores and other seafood establishments in coordination with the National MarketMaker Program and the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Seafood Marketing Coalition — Mississippi MarketMaker website
  1. Increase listings and registrations and encourage updates of online profiles of fisheries and marine-related establishments at the Mississippi MarketMaker website — Mississippi MarketMaker website
  1. Develop and maintain Mississippi MarketMaker social media networks in coordination with the National MarketMaker Program and the GOM Seafood Marketing Coalition.
  1. Develop, update and disseminate MarketMaker training materials for fisheries and marine-related establishments, regulators, marketing, and research/extension faculty and staff — Mississippi MarketMaker Newsletter.
  1. Conduct Mississippi MarketMaker training workshops for fisheries and marine-related establishments, regulators, marketing, and research/extension faculty and staff — Mississippi MarketMaker Workshops.

These outreach activities were completed on time with so much assistance from the members of the Mississippi MarketMaker Team at MSU-Coastal Research and Extension Center.

 The Mississippi MarketMaker outreach program is funded in part through grants provided through Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission, Oil Disaster Recovery Program under NOAA Fisheries grant award number NA10NMF4770481.

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Economic Sectors Targeted By Sea Grant Research, Education, and Outreach Programs

Benedict Posadas1
1Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center

Benedict Posadas is an Associate Extension/Research Professor of Economics at the Mississippi State University, Coastal Research and Extension Center and Marine Economist at the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Extension Program

Sea Grant, an organization with a history of working closely with water-dependent industries, has documented many examples where research, education, and outreach (REO) programs have increased private-sector economic activity, including the creation or expansion of businesses and jobs. Yet, there has not been a systematic survey in the Gulf region to assess the full scope of these impacts. This preliminary study provides general information about the benefits the region’s industries have gained from REO efforts sponsored by the Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant Programs. The study is a critical first step in conducting a future systematic assessment of the economic benefits resulting from these programs.

The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium (MASGC) has four focus areas: (1) Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development, (2) Healthy Coastal Ecosystems, (3) Resilient Communities and Economies, and (4) Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture. The North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) was used to identify the U.S. industries targeted by MASGC-REO efforts during the past decade.

Under “sustainable fisheries and aquaculture,” the following industries were listed: (1) commercial fishing, (2) seafood processing, (3) seafood wholesaling, (4) seafood retailing, (5) marine aquaculture, and (6) live-bait dealers.

The “healthy coastal ecosystems” focus area includes (1) research and development in biotechnology; (2) research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences; and (3) research and development in the social sciences and humanities.

Under “resilient communities and economies,” these industries were identified: (1) working waterfronts, (2) commercial marinas, (3) charter boats for hire, (4) saltwater recreational fishing, (5) wildlife watching, (6) coastal restoration, and (6) ship building and repair.

Under the focus area “environmental literacy and workforce development,” five industries were identified: (1) other justice, public order, and safety activities; (2) administration of air and water resource and solid waste management programs; (3) administration of general economic programs; (4) regulation of agricultural marketing and commodities; and (5) household sector.

The long-term data on the economic contributions of the targeted industries to the regional economy of each of the five Gulf States were compiled from various secondary sources. The time-series economic indicators consist of the annual sales and employment impacts of each sector served by Sea Grant projects. In some cases, only the direct employment impacts were available for compilation. When assessing the initial economic impacts on the U.S. industry or economic sectors by Sea Grant projects, these time-series economic indicators set the upper limits to the annual impacts that these projects can generate.

There is a pressing need to adequately measure the significant contributions of Sea Grant projects to targeted U.S. industries or economic sectors. Principal investigators and project managers should consider developing robust theoretical frameworks and primary survey procedures when designing and evaluating the long-term economic impacts and economic benefits associated with each proposed project. These performance measures can be evaluated by project staff and/or outside evaluators.

Source:  Posadas, Benedict C.Economic Sectors Targeted By Sea Grant Research, Education, and Outreach Programs. Poster presentation at the 2014 Bayous and Bayous Symposium, Mobile Alabama, Dec. 1, 2014.

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Restoration Initiatives at the INFINITY Science Center Project

The Restoration Initiatives at the INFINITY Science Center project will provide visitors with interactive science, education, interpretive, and research opportunities for exploring the Gulf ecosystem. The goal is to increase access to coastal natural resources.

Ihe INFINITY Science Center is located southwest of the Interstate 10 and Highway 607 interchange in southern Hancock County, Mississippi. It is adjacent to coastal estuarine habitats including the Hancock County Marsh Preserve. The project site is bordered by the Pearl River to the west and will connect to the “Logtown Scenic Byway to Space” trail to the south.

Read more at http://www.restore.ms/proposed-phase-iii-projects/infinity-science-center-project/.

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Pascagoula Beachfront Promenade Project

The Pascagoula Beachfront Promenade project will provide for a lighted concrete pathway adjacent to a sand beach in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The intent is to restore lost recreational use. The estimated cost for this project is $3.8 million.

The project area is located immediately south of and parallel to Beach Boulevard on the Mississippi Sound. The 10-foot wide pathway project would fund approximately 8,200 feet of a two-mile promenade from Point Park on the western end to the eastern edge of the drainage channel east of Oliver Street. The sand beach there was oiled during the spill.

Read more at http://www.restore.ms/pascagoula-beachfront-promenade-project/.

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Popp’s Ferry Causeway Park Project

The Popp’s Ferry Causeway Park Project will improve City of Biloxi property within Back Bay, Mississippi, by expanding a park environment where visitors may experience the coastal estuarine ecosystem. The intent is to restore lost recreational use. The estimated cost for this project is $4.7 million.

The mostly unimproved 10-acre Popp’s Ferry Causeway property is a parcel of land and marsh located just west of the Popp’s Ferry Bridge. It is surrounded by water on all sides, including the Biloxi River to the north, Big Lake to the west and the Back Bay to the south and east.

Read more at http://www.restore.ms/popps-ferry-causeway-park-project/.

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Hancock County Marsh Living Shoreline Project

The Hancock County Marsh Living Shoreline project will provide for construction of up to 5.9 miles of living shoreline. In addition, approximately 46 acres of marsh will be constructed to protect and enhance the existing shoreline, and 46 acres of subtidal oyster reef will be created in Heron Bay to increase secondary productivity in the area. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is partnering with the State of Mississippi on this project. The estimated cost is $50 million.

Located between Bayou Caddy and the mouth of the East Pearl River, the project area falls within the 20,909-acre Hancock County Marsh Preserve. This complex, one of the largest in Mississippi, is part of the Pearl River estuary in the western Mississippi Sound and managed as part of the Mississippi Coastal Preserves Program.

Read more at http://www.restore.ms/review-projects/upcoming-projects/hancock-county-marsh-living-shoreline-project/

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Wanted Applicants: Assistant Extension Professor of Estuarine and Wetland Ecology

This person will be expected to develop an aggressive extension program related to estuarine and wetland environmental issues relevant to Mississippi and the upper Gulf of Mexico and develop a complimentary research program.

Read more about this faculty position at https://www.jobs.msstate.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1413980863527.

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Potential Economic Impact of Oyster Aquaculture in Mississippi

Off-Bottom Molluscan Shellfish Culture

Off-bottom culture of molluscan shellfish is defined as floating and/or suspended operations, that include, but are not limited to, long lines and rafts.

On-Bottom Culture in Offshore Waters

On-bottom culture of molluscan shellfish in offshore waters includes any aquaculture operation that involves the use of cultch material, racks, cages or any structures to support shellfish.

On-Bottom Culture in Nearshore Waters

On-bottom culture of molluscan shellfish in nearshore waters includes any aquaculture operation that involves the use of cultch material, racks, cages or any structures to support shellfish.

The annual oyster production in Mississippi from oyster leases totaling 623.2 acres are shown in the figure below.

MSOysterAquaProdSource of raw data: MS-DMR.

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Assistant Professor, Agricultural Marketing, Agribusiness, Production

Mississippi State University

Position Description:  Candidates are sought to provide aggressive leadership in the development and implementation of a nationally recognized Extension education, information and outreach program pertaining to agricultural marketing, agribusiness management, and/or production economics.  The objective is to provide producers, professional farm managers, agribusiness professionals, and policy makers with objective, research-based information on the economic and non-economic impacts of agricultural markets, risk management applications and tools, and policy implications on the profitability of various business enterprises.  The successful candidate will develop and assist in developing educational and applied research programs related to agricultural marketing, risk management, and/or production possibilities related to specialty crops and value added products.  S/he will be expected to actively engage with subject matter specialists from other disciplines to appropriately develop an effective applied research and extension program.  Experience with entrepreneurship and policy programs related to specialty crops is desirable but not required.  Teaching responsibilities would relate to the above subject areas.

Extension faculty members are expected to successfully seek external funding to help support their programs.  Significant scholarly output including articles in peer-reviewed journals, extension and experiment publications, departmental and college newsletter articles, Situation and Outlook reports, and popular press publications are expected.  S/he will work with faculty in the Department of Agricultural Economics, especially those working in agricultural marketing and agribusiness, risk management, direct farm marketing, and budgeting.  Further, the candidate will be expected to offer workshop and county/state/regional educational presentations as well as cooperating with Extension communication specialists to contribute content for mass media programs.

This is a 12-month, 85% Extension, 15% teaching tenured track appointment in the Department of Agricultural Economics.

Qualifications:  A Ph.D. in agricultural economics or economics with specific training in agricultural marketing, agribusiness management, production economics, farm management, and/or related topics.  The successful candidate will have a practical knowledge of U.S. and global agriculture, enabling her/him to work with public and private entities and agricultural producers in Mississippi.  Excellent interpersonal skills and verbal and written communication skills are required for the position.  Experience with Extension education is desirable, but not required.  Candidates who are ABD will be considered.

Salary and Benefits:  Highly Competitive

Application Procedure:  Applicants should submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, official transcripts of all college and university work, and have three professional letters of reference sent to: Mrs. Debra Price, Department of Agricultural Economics, Box 5187, Mississippi State, MS  39762 (or by email to Price@agecon.msstate.edu).  Applicants must complete the Personal Data Information form found at http://www.jobs.msstate.edu.  (Search postings for PARF# 7880).  For more information about this position and the Department of Agricultural Economics contact Steve Turner (turner@agecon.msstate.edu, 662-325-2049) or visit the departmental website (link).  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled with initial screening and interview arrangements to begin on October 15, 2014.

Mississippi State University is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.  

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2012JCFairMonday (3)

MarketMaker is an interactive mapping system that locates businesses and markets of agricultural and seafood products in Mississippi, as well as in other member states, providing an important link between producers and consumers.

WHO: Groups of at least SIX extension faculty and staff, state regulatory agencies staff and school teachers
WHEN: To be arranged upon request 
TIME: Four, 30-minute sessions
WHERE: CREC or at a County Extension Office with WIFI
COST: FREE. If available, please bring your own laptop and smart phones.
WORKSHOP TOPICS: (Will be tailored to participants’ needs)

  1. Introduction to MarketMaker
  2. Create and Update Business Profile in MarketMaker

  3. Conduct Business Search in MarketMaker

  4. Conduct Market Research in MarketMaker

  5. Participate in MarketMaker Impact Assessment



  1. You will leave our workshop with the ability to help producers and growers within your communities create business profiles that will showcase their products. 

  2. The same skills can be used to teach consumers about MarketMaker and how they can use it to locate goods and services they desire.

Read more about MarketMaker at http://coastal.msstate.edu/MMInserviceTraining.html

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Seafood processing created economic impacts exceeding 30 billion dollars in 2012

SalesImpactsSPSUSASource of raw data: NOAA Fisheries.
The seafood processing sector primarily corresponds to seafood canning and fresh and frozen seafood processing in the North American Industrial Classification System.
Read more at http://gomos.msstate.edu/msannualseafoodprocessingsales.html.

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U.S. seafood processing generated more than 200,000 jobs in 2012

The seafood processing sector primarily corresponds to seafood canning and fresh and frozen seafood processing in the North American Industrial Classification System. JobsImpactsSPSUSASource of raw data: NOAA Fisheries.

Read more at http://gomos.msstate.edu/msannualseafoodprocessing.html.

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Commercial fishing generated more than half a million jobs in 2012

JobsImpactsCFSUSASource of raw data: NOAA Fisheries (2014).  
Read more at http://gomos.msstate.edu/msannualcommercialfishingjobs.html

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Commercial harvesting of fish and shellfish created total economic impacts exceeding $13 billion in 2012

SalesImpactsCFSUSASource of raw data: NOAA Fisheries (2014).
Read more at http://gomos.msstate.edu/msannualcommercialfishing.html

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Fish and seafood markets created total economic impacts exceeding $5.8 billion in 2012


Source of raw data: NOAA Fisheries. 
Read more about economic impacts of Mississippi, Gulf of Mexico and United States fish and seafood markets at http://gomos.msstate.edu/msannualretailingsales.html.

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