Messina Minerals Inc.

Messina Minerals Inc.

November 09, 2009 13:42 ET

Messina Minerals Inc. Commences Drilling at Haven Steady, NL

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 9, 2009) - Messina Minerals Inc. (TSX VENTURE:MMI) has commenced drilling at the Haven Steady Property located in central Newfoundland, Canada.

Drilling will initially test the area of the "Eastern Copper Anomaly" (see NR August 10, 2009) where prospecting located an outcrop assaying 6.6% copper to 9.0% copper in grab samples. An additional eight grab samples from outcrops within a 325 meter length by 100 meter width have been assayed. These samples were collected during a mapping survey of the pyrite-bornite stockwork alteration zone during October. The eight grab samples assayed between 0.4% copper and 2.6% copper with anomalous silver from 4.6 g/t to 28.8 g/t.

The Haven Steady drill program will evaluate three mineralized target types: 1) the potential of the stockwork copper zone to host bulk-tonnages; 2) the potential of the stockwork copper zone to have a copper-enriched massive sulphide zone hidden within the wider copper-stockwork zone; and 3) the potential of the zinc-lead massive sulphide zone to be expanded.

Historical drill intersections of zinc-lead massive sulphides were summarized previously (see NR August 10, 2009) from widely spaced holes drilled between Line 105E and L111E over a 600 meter distance. Messina is primarily targeting a newly discovered zone of copper mineralization at surface between L111E and 115+50E with the 2009 drill program.

The objective of the initial drill program is to locate copper-lead-zinc sulphide mineralization that may be economically interesting as the Haven Steady property lies 15 km south of the operating Duck Pond copper-lead-zinc mill.

Sample Protocols
Grab samples were submitted to Eastern Analytical of Springdale, NF for analysis. All samples were assayed for gold by fire assay – atomic absorption finish. All samples were also analyzed for 34 elements by ICP (inductively coupled plasma). 'Over-limit' results using the ICP method were analyzed by assay techniques standard to that element. Pulps and coarse rejects from these samples have been retained. Messina uses protocols standard to the industry and professional QA/QC procedures for assaying including the retention of pulps and coarse rejects and the maintenance of chain-of-custody among other procedures.

About Messina
Messina Minerals Inc. is a leading explorer for zinc-lead-copper-silver-gold massive sulphide deposits in Newfoundland, Canada on its extensive 450 square kilometer mineral lands, in a region known historically for its zinc resources and where the Company has made massive sulphide discoveries including "Boomerang" and "Domino". See our website for more information.

Kerry Sparkes, P.Geo., Vice President of Messina Minerals Inc. is the Qualified Person who has reviewed and is responsible for the technical data contained in this news release.

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