Reef Restoration – Hatchery Cited To Help Mississippi Oysters

BILOXI, MS (AP) — Final recommendations from a group studying ways to help Mississippi's oyster industry are scheduled to be released Tuesday.

         The Governor's Oyster Council on Restoration and Resiliency was, created by Gov. Phil Bryant earlier this year. The presentation will be made at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum in Biloxi.

         Council leaders say their main goal is to increase the revenue for the oystermen.

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         The oyster harvest in Mississippi has declined by more than 80 percent in the past decade following a string of man-made and natural disasters. In 2004, fishermen harvested nearly a half million sacks of oysters. Ten years later, that number was just over 78,000 sacks.

         Restoring existing reefs is also high on the list of recommendations. Another idea is creating an oyster hatchery.


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