BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The 2010-2011 Mississippi oyster season will open at sunrise Monday, Nov. 8, in Areas II A, B and C. The season is open to tonging only. No dredging will be allowed.
The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources made the official announcement Monday afternoon.
- Area II "A" Conditionally Approved Waters, which includes northern portions of the Pass Christian and Henderson Point reefs and Hornet's Reef.
- Area II "B" Conditionally Approved Waters, which includes St. Stanislaus and Waveland reefs.
- Area II "C" Conditionally Approved Waters, and its subdivisions of II "E" (including Square Handkerchief Reef and southern portions of Henderson Point Reef), II "F" (including southern portions of the Pass Christian Reef) and II "G" (including northern portions of the Pass Marianne and Telegraph reefs).
The initial checkout time will be 4 p.m. with the designated checkout station on the west side of Pass Christian Harbor. There will be an initial daily sack limit of 10 per licensed commercial oyster tonging vessel.
The season is open to tonging only, not dredging, in an effort to conserve the oyster resource in Mississippi waters. That decision was made in response to requests earlier this month from commercial oyster dredgers.
For more information on the open and closed areas, call the DMR's 24-hour Oyster Information Hot Line at (228) 374-5167 or (800) 385-5902.