Meridian Resource Announces Production Test Results

The Meridian Resource Corporation announced initial production test results on its SL 18315 No. 1 well on its String of Pearls prospect in the Biloxi Marshlands ("BML") project area. The SL 18315 No. 1 well was drilled to 6,150 feet measured depth ("MD") and logged gas pay in the Basal Deltaic sand section. The well was tested through five feet of perforations between 5,883 feet and 5,888 feet MD at a stabilized gross daily flow rate of approximately 6.2 million cubic feet of gas ("Mmcf"). Flowing tubing pressure was measured at 2,114 psi through a 22/64th-inch choke and shut in tubing pressure was measured at 2,398 psi. Production from the well will require construction of a pipeline and production facility tie-ins, which the Company expects to have completed during the second quarter of 2005. The Company owns a 92% working interest in the well.

The drilling rig utilized to drill the String of Pearls well has been mobilized to the Company's Pan prospect to drill the SL 18157 No. 1 well. The well will be drilled to a total measured depth of approximately 9,000 feet MD to test an amplitude anomaly in the Cris "I" sand section.

Meridian continues to focus on its exploration and exploitation of the BML project area in addition to the development of its Weeks Island field and its other properties which comprise an asset base consisting of approximately 8,000 square miles of 3-D seismic data.