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Mississippi Oyster Gardening Program

Implementing Organization

State of Mississippi

Overview

DWH Project Funding

$500,000

Known Leveraged Funding

$0

Funding Organization

Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)

Funding Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA

Details

Project Category

Environmental

Project Actions

Species Restoration

Targeted Resources

Oysters/Reefs

Project Description

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.

Contact

Chris Wells
(601) 961-5545
cwells@mdeq.ms.gov
Project Website
Project Partners

None

Affiliated Institutions

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