BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Department of Marine
Resources is working to restore over 1,000 acres of oyster reefs.
The DMR manages 17 natural oyster reefs. About 97 percent of the
commercially harvested oysters come from the reefs in the western
Mississippi Sound, primarily from Pass Marianne, Telegraph and Pass
The DMR delayed the opening Mississippi's oyster season because
of Hurricane Gustav. There are 120 oyster fishermen on the
The reefs are being restored by distributing over 62,000 cubic
yards of cultch material, which consist of oyster shells and
limestone. The $3 million in restoration is being funded by the
National Oceanic and Atmopheric Adminstration.
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