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Jul 3, 2012 6:45 AM by AP

Miss. opposing La. expansion of state waters

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - The state of Mississippi will oppose Louisiana's effort to extend its state water boundaries out to 10.4 miles.

The Sun Herald reports that the Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources on Monday unanimously passed a resolution opposing Louisiana's plan.

In June, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in June voted to extend state waters from the current 3 miles out to 10.4 miles into federal waters.

Louisiana officials said the Legislature got them authority to extend waters in a 2011 law. However, the law provided that no extension would take effect until recognized by Congress or approved in litigation.

Louisiana and Mississippi's state waters extend only 3 miles beyond their islands. Other Gulf of Mexico states' waters extend about 9 or 10 miles south.

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