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MS fishermen not optimistic as oyster season approaches

A recent report from the DMR says a “natural mortality event" in August may have killed a majority of the harvestable oysters. (Photo source: WLOX) A recent report from the DMR says a “natural mortality event" in August may have killed a majority of the harvestable oysters. (Photo source: WLOX)
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -

Oyster season opens one week from today in Mississippi waters, but oyster fishermen don't have many reasons to be optimistic about the harvest, especially in the wake of a report from the DMR that says a “natural mortality event" in August may have killed a majority of the harvestable oysters.

Lifelong fisherman James "Catfish" Miller said some of the BP money needs to be spent on restoring the reefs by paying fishermen to help do the work of relaying and planting oysters.

Several of the fishermen we talked with also said the sack limits should be lowered. Instead of 25 sacks a day for dredgers, they would prefer 15. They say that would help prolong the season and keep the price at a more reasonable level.

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