Pascagoula Oyster Reef Complex Relay and Enhancement
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council
The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 3: Spill Impact Component
Habitat Restoration and Enhancement
The purpose of the Pascagoula Oyster Reef Complex Relay and Enhancement Project (Project) is to enhance productivity of the Pascagoula Oyster Reef Complex (ORC). This Project will restore, improve, and protect water resources, promote community resilience, and protect and restore coastal and marine living resources like oysters. Enhancing productivity will increase ecosystem functionality of the reef itself and increase harvest through sustainable oyster management (i.e., oyster relay project). Improving the understanding of the resource will ultimately bolster sustainable use of the reefs and contribute to economic recovery through the seafood industry sector, enhance local water quality conditions and ecosystem functioning. This Project will fund benthic habitat mapping, reef monitoring for water quality and disease, and the relay of oysters to increase productivity on harvestable reefs in the Mississippi Sound.