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Limited oyster season pays off for fishermen

Oysterfishermen in South Mississippi. (Photo source: WLOX News) Oysterfishermen in South Mississippi. (Photo source: WLOX News)
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -

The Commission on Marine Resources got an update Tuesday on this year's limited oyster season in Mississippi. The season has been open for 27 days now. The Department of Marine Resource's Joe Jewell told commissioners that oyster fishermen have made more than 1,600 trips since then.

The current limit is ten sacks of oysters per day for both tonging and dredging.

"As of December 15, we've had a total of 13,084 sacks harvested," said Jewell. "Of those, the dredgers have caught 9,161 sacks. Tongers have caught 3,923 sacks."

The CMR also voted Tuesday to allow oyster fishing "between the bridges" in Bay St. Louis. That also will be a "limited" season with the DMR director given the authority to close it at any time.

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