HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The opening of oyster season was a somewhat contentious issue at a packed meeting of the Commission on Marine Resources in Hancock County this morning.
On a split vote, commissioners agreed to open the regular season on Nov. 10 with a 10 sack limit for dredging and a seven sack limit for tonging. The motion passed on a 3 to 1 vote.
Commissioner Steve Bosarge voted no and wondered why the commission was ignoring the recommendation of its own scientists, who proposed 10 percent harvest limits from available oysters on the various reefs.
Commission chairman Richard Gollott also proposed a special one week oyster season for Mississippi dredgers only. That season will begin Nov. 3. Oyster fishermen will harvest oysters from Pass Marianne Reef and relay the spat shell to other reef areas. That also was approved on a 3 to 1 vote with Bosarge voting no.
Steve Phillips will have more on the meeting and the upcoming oyster season tonight on WLOX News and WLOX.com.