Jackson Co. oyster industry a hot topic at monthly CMR meeting

Jackson Co. oyster industry a hot topic at monthly CMR meeting
Jackson County Supervisor Randy Bosarge urged the CMR to consider spending some BP money to help the reefs rebound.
Jackson County Supervisor Randy Bosarge urged the CMR to consider spending some BP money to help the reefs rebound.
The meeting also included longtime oysterman George Storrs telling the commission that the DMR's oyster management plan is "crap." (Photo source: WLOX)
The meeting also included longtime oysterman George Storrs telling the commission that the DMR's oyster management plan is "crap." (Photo source: WLOX)

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Various aspects of the oyster industry dominated the agenda at Tuesday's monthly meeting of the Commission on Marine Resources. The morning meeting was held at Gautier City Hall.

Among the oyster discussion was Jackson County Supervisor Randy Bosarge calling on commissioners to do whatever they can to help restore the once thriving oyster industry in Jackson County at places like Graveline Bayou.

Bosarge urged the CMR to consider spending some BP money to help the reefs rebound. Commissioners told him it's something they've been working on for years.

The biggest obstacle is the persistent high levels of sewage bacteria in the areas of Jackson County where the reefs are located.

The meeting also included longtime oysterman George Storrs telling the commission that the DMR's oyster management plan is "crap."

Storrs has spoken to the CMR several times about concerns facing fishermen. He even served on the governor's oyster council.

Finally, despite multiple challenges and closures this season, the number of sacks of oysters harvested this year, some 28,255, is actually more than last year's harvest, even though fishermen were allowed to work just over a dozen days because of red tide, heavy rains and river flooding.

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