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AURIZON REPORTS A 44% INCREASE IN MINERAL RESERVES FOR THE CASA BERARDI MINE

    Shares Listed: Toronto Stock Exchange - Ticker Symbol - ARZ
    NYSE Amex - Ticker Symbol - AZK
    U.S. Registration:  (File 001-31893)
    News Release Issue #5 - 2011

VANCOUVER, March 10 /PRNewswire/ - Aurizon Mines Ltd. (TSX: ARZ; NYSE Amex: AZK) is pleased to report a 44% increase in mineral reserves and an updated mineral resource estimate for its Casa Berardi mine, located in north western Quebec, Canada.

    Highlights include the following:

    -   Mine life extended from six years to ten years.

    -   An increase of 44% in mineral reserves to 1,457,000 ounces of gold.

    -   A significant open pit mineral reserve of 370,000 ounces established
        in the area of the Principal zones, which are still open laterally.

    -   An increase of 10% in West Mine underground mineral reserves.

    -   An increase of 74% and an upgrade of the ounces contained in Zone 123
        between the 800 metre and 1,000 metre levels. This zone remains open
        both up dip and down dip.

    -   An increase of 40% in the ounces contained in the Principal Zones,
        accessible from underground.

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                              CASA BERARDI MINE
                  MINERAL RESERVES AND RESOURCES SUMMARY(1)
                     as at December 31, 2010 versus 2009
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

                                                2010
    --------------------------------------------------------------
                                   Tonnes      Grade       Gold
                                            Grams/tonne   Ounces
    --------------------------------------------------------------
    Mineral Reserves
      Proven and Probable
       Mineral Reserves
        Underground               4,057,000        7.7  1,005,000
        Open pit                  3,796,000        3.7    452,000
    --------------------------------------------------------------
    Total Mineral Reserves        7,854,000        5.8  1,457,000
    --------------------------------------------------------------
    --------------------------------------------------------------
    Mineral Resources
      Measured Mineral Resources  1,155,000        5.7    211,900
      Indicated Mineral
       Resources                  3,327,000        5.7    612,400
    --------------------------------------------------------------
    --------------------------------------------------------------
    Total Measured &
     Indicated Resources          4,481,000        5.7    824,000
    --------------------------------------------------------------
    --------------------------------------------------------------
    Inferred Mineral Resources    3,981,000        5.8    748,000
    --------------------------------------------------------------
    --------------------------------------------------------------


    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                             2009                   2010
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                 Tonnes      Grade       Gold    Gain (loss)
                                          Grams/tonne   ounces     ounces
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Mineral Reserves
      Proven and Probable
       Mineral Reserves
        Underground              3,798,000        7.6    929,000     76,000
        Open pit                   635,000        4.0     81,000    370,000
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Total Mineral Reserves       4,433,000        7.1  1,010,000    447,000
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Mineral Resources
      Measured Mineral Resources   789,000        5.3    134,500     77,400
      Indicated Mineral
       Resources                 4,289,000        5.6    778,100   (165,700)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Total Measured &
     Indicated Resources         5,078,000        5.6    912,000    (88,000)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Inferred Mineral Resources   4,487,000        6.6    958,000   (210,000)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    (1) See accompanying notes below detailed mineral reserve and mineral
        resource tables for definitions, parameters, and assumptions. Please
        note the mineral resources are exclusive of mineral reserves.

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