Messina Minerals Inc.

Messina Minerals Inc.

October 20, 2009 09:47 ET

Messina Minerals Inc. Grab Sample Results from Daniels Harbour NL

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 20, 2009) - Messina Minerals Inc. (TSX VENTURE:MMI) has received assay results from surface grab sampling on the Daniels Harbour Property located in western Newfoundland, Canada. Messina acquired the property by staking and owns a 100% interest. The property covers the site of the former Daniels Harbour zinc mine, owned by Teck Corporation, which produced approximately 7 million tonnes of ore grading 8% zinc with by-product cadmium credits from 1975 to 1990. The mineralization at Daniels Harbour is described as "Mississippi-Valley Type" hosted by Ordovician age carbonate rocks.

The objective of the initial reconnaissance program was to map surface exposures and road and power infrastructure at the Daniels Harbour Property and integrate this information with Messina's developing geological compilation. A second objective was to locate and assay representative sphalerite (zinc-enriched) mineralization left-over from the mining operation. Messina also collected and donated approximately 400 pounds of sphalerite mineralization on behalf of the Newfoundland Branch – Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum ("CIM") for inclusion in mineral identification kits.

A total of 15 rock grab samples of sphalerite (zinc) mineralization were collected from six separate mined areas within the Daniels Harbour property where the mineralization had been intentionally left in place as representative of ore types. Five of Messina's samples assayed between 54% zinc to 64% zinc, eight samples assayed between 30.6% zinc and 46.4% zinc, and two samples of lower grade mineralization contained 14% zinc to 15% zinc. Duplicate check assaying confirmed these results. All 15 grab samples also contained greater than 110 ppm cadmium.

The Daniels Harbour property is transected by numerous paved and gravel roads which supported the former mine and remain in good condition. Two powerlines also transect the property. The property is 5 km from a provincial highway and 10 km from the coastal community of Daniels Harbour.

On-going Work:
Compilation of historical drilling and assay intersections adjacent to the former mine workings is continuing. The overall objective is to identify prospective areas for similar zinc mineralization adjacent to the former Daniels Harbour mine workings. Recommendations for further work in 2010 will be based upon the results of data compilation to be completed by December 2009.

Sample Protocols
All samples were photographed and tested using a magnetic susceptibility meter. 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' zinc and silver results using the ICP method were analyzed by assay techniques standard to that element. Over-limit ( greater than 110 ppm) cadmium results were not quantitatively determined. 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 use of laboratory standards, blanks, and duplicates, the retention of pulps and coarse rejects, and the maintenance of chain-of-custody among other procedures.

About Messina
Messina Minerals Inc. is exploring for zinc-lead-copper-silver-gold massive sulphide deposits in central Newfoundland, Canada on its extensive 410 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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