Mississippi Oyster Gardening Program
State of Mississippi
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)
Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA
The project will be implemented over a five-year period utilizing volunteers along the Mississippi Gulf Coast (Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties). This community-volunteer based program is a continuation of the current National Fish and Wildlife Fund-Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (NFWF-GEBF) project in which volunteers grow sub-adult oysters from spat on shell stock in gardens that hang from waterfront piers/wharves and docks in Mississippi coastal waters. Project objectives include the production of approximately 1,000 sub-adult oysters per site per year. Estimates indicate that approximately 210,000 sub-adult oysters could be produced over the five-year life of the project, enough for a density of 20 oyster per square meter across approximately 3 acres of oyster reef.
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