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Mississippi Oyster Gardening Program

Implementing Organization

State of Mississippi


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Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)

Funding Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA


Project Category


Project Actions

Species Restoration

Targeted Resources


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.


Chris Wells
(601) 961-5545
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