Relocation program moves oysters to mouth of Biloxi Back Bay

Relocation program moves oysters to mouth of Biloxi Back Bay
Marine fisheries director Joe Jewell told commissioners about 150 oyster fishermen qualified to participate in the program. (Photo source: WLOX)
Marine fisheries director Joe Jewell told commissioners about 150 oyster fishermen qualified to participate in the program. (Photo source: WLOX)

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Heavy equipment and high pressure water hoses unloaded a barge filled with oysters Tuesday morning. The oysters were transported to the mouth of Biloxi Bay as part of the oyster relay program that began on Monday.

Oyster fishermen were contracted by the Department of Marine Resources under a special permit to move oysters from St. Joe's Reef to eastern Pass Christian and Biloxi Back Bay.

The Commission on Marine Resources heard an update on the program at today's monthly board meeting. Marine fisheries director Joe Jewell told commissioners about 150 oyster fishermen qualified to participate in the program.

Oysters are being moved out of harm's way from the freshwater intrusion created by the recent opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway.

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