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Biloxi Bay Clean Up Making Progress

Area fishermen hired to drag Biloxi Bay are finding an abundant catch. 750 days after the storm, their work boats are laden with hurricane mess found underwater.

"There's plenty out there. And my guys are getting plenty. They're doing hard work, as you can see, as you just filmed," said site supervisor Steve Garlotte.

Debris crews work in the shadow of the I-110 in D'Iberville. That's where the fishermen unload twisted metal and limbs and assorted trash.

"We're pulling grapple hooks. We have a grapple barge that goes around and picks up the heavy debris. And we just have eleven boats out there pulling hooks and picking up debris," said Garlotte.

Those assigned to work these waters know their way around Biloxi Bay. The past ten weeks, they've removed nearly seven thousand cubic yards of marine debris. And they're covering a wide area.

"Fort Bayou. The East Bay. And all the way up as far as Popp's Ferry.  All local fishermen are employed. All the people on the job are local people," he said.

The seemingly unending task of scouring the bay waters will continue for the foreseeable future. Although work boats have removed thousands of cubic yards of hurricane debris, many more thousands of yards remain.

"We have another seven weeks on this contract. However, the Coast Guard just gave us another section over in Ocean Springs by Gulf Park Estates. And that's going to probably be another month extension," Garlotte explained.

Their ongoing efforts will make the waters environmentally cleaner, and much safer for those who enjoy fishing and boating on Biloxi Bay.

By Steve Phillips

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