Portions of Waterways Used to Access Pearl River WMA to be Included in U.S. Navy Danger Zone Beginning Nov. 23

Release Date: 11/20/2017

Portions of Waterways Used to Access Pearl River WMA to be Included in U.S. Navy Danger Zone Beginning Nov. 23

Nov. 20, 2017 – A portion of Pearl River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) waterways will be subject to periodic closures beginning Thursday (Nov. 23) due to U.S. Navy training exercise that will be conducted in the area, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced. These intermittent closures will be in effect until further notice.
 
The established danger zone is in the northeast portion of the WMA. It is along the East Pearl River south (latitude 30.4030° N., longitude -89.6815° W.) to a point below the confluence of Mike’s River (latitude 30.3561° N., longitude -89.6514° W) within the acoustic buffer area of the John C. Stennis Space Center, and to adjacent lands, in Hancock County, Miss.
 
The training may occur any day or night of the week. Prior to closure Navy picket boats will patrol the area that will be off limits. Once the danger zone area has been cleared the boats will remain in position until it is safe to reopen the area to public access.
 
For more information, go to
 
https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrse/installations/ncbc_gulfport.html
 
http://www.mvk.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory.aspx  .
 
Pearl River WMA, made up of 35,619 acres in St. Tammany Parish, is located about six miles east of Slidell and about one mile east of the town of Pearl River on the Louisiana-Mississippi border.
 
For more information, contact Jill Day at jday@wlf.la.gov or 985-543-4777.

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