Remote Oyster Setting Facility
State of Mississippi
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council
The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 3: Spill Impact Component
Monitoring and Observations
The purpose of the Remote Oyster Setting Facility Project (Project) is to support the restoration and protection of natural resources, ecosystems, fisheries, marine and wildlife habitats, beaches, and coastal wetlands of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Region through the planning, construction, and operations activities associated with an oyster setting facility. Remote setting is the placement of oyster larvae onto cultch (hard material for oysters to attach to; usually shell, crushed concrete, limestone, and the like) at a remote location from the hatchery itself. This facility will enable the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) to place cultch, laden with spat, at high volumes into Mississippi waters which will support increases in oyster populations on Mississippi’s harvestable reefs and benefit the oyster fishery economy. The Project will be administered by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) with MDMR as a sub-recipient. This Project will be phased: Phase I – Oyster Setting Facility Planning and Phase II – Construction and Start-up Operations.