Harrison Co. Asked To Help Fund Fishing Reef Project

BILOXI (WLOX) -- The group that creates artificial fishing reefs is asking Harrison County for help with that ongoing project. The president of Mississippi Gulf Fishing Banks took that request to county supervisors Monday morning.

Ralph Humphrey told the board his group creates the reefs by sinking derelict vessels or by dumping large piles of old concrete onto the water bottom. Along with building new fishing reefs, they face the added challenge of repairing the reefs that were damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

"We've started replenishing these reefs with materials provided by Katrina, such as derelict shrimp boats, barges and concrete rubble. Unfortunately, the cost of concrete has risen so dramatically since the storm there's now profit in recycling old concrete. This deprives us of what was once a readily available resource," Humphrey said.

Mississippi Gulf Fishing Banks is asking Harrison County for $25,000. Supervisors said they will consider the request during their upcoming budget discussions.