Congressman tours Hancock Co. fishing reef restoration work

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Congressman Gene Taylor spent Monday morning checking out coastal restoration work in Hancock County. The Congressman took a boat tour of work underway. It includes building and restoring new fishing reefs.

The goal is to slow down the erosion and help preserve vital marine habitats and species. Taylor said it's taken time, but the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the public have become more proactive in restoration efforts.

"Local contractors, as they tear up slabs, have been bringing them into the ferry off of Bay St. Louis," Congressman Gene Taylor said. "We built a big ole key over here off of Buccaneer State Park, and now we're collecting more material to build another reef off of Pass Christian. So that would have been the fourth beneficial key that we've built on this end of the coast."

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Marine Resources are in charge of the restoration work underway in Hancock County.

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