First Biloxi Bay oyster harvest of 21st century opens tomorrow

FILE PHOTO Lacy Rose holds an oyster on his boat on the Rappahannock River near White Stone, Va., Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) – For the first time in at least 40 years, Biloxi Bay will open for oyster harvesting.

The state Department of Marine Resources said in a news release reefs in the Biloxi Bay portion of the Mississippi Sound will open at sunrise Tuesday.

DMR Executive Director Jamie Miller says the harvest of oysters for the first time in 40-plus years in Biloxi Bay is nothing less than historic.

Miller says the opening of the oyster reefs confirms water quality has improved in the Bay.

Officials say harvesting is limited to oyster tonging. No dredging will be allowed. The limit is 15 sacks per day.

Artificial reefs will not be open for oyster harvesting. There will be a station in the Ocean Springs Harbor for fishermen to check in and out each day.


Information from: The Sun Herald,


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