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Oyster Spawning Reefs in Mississippi

Implementing Organization

State of Mississippi

Overview

DWH Project Funding

$10,000,000

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 restore or create a minimum of 100 acres and a maximum of 400 acres of high-relief cultch placements in up to six locations in the Mississippi Sound and areas including St. Louis Bay, Heron Bay, Back Bay/Biloxi Bay, Graveline Bay, Pascagoula Bay, and Grand Bay in Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties. This project includes the possibility of placement of more than 400 acres where it is feasible, depending on engineering and design, costs, and other considerations. Cultch placement will be prioritized to areas determined to be the most suitable to maximize restoration benefits within the potential cultch placement areas. The siting of reefs will consider substrate suitability, on-going and planned management activities, and other environmental factors that could affect restoration efforts. No more than 35% of cultch will be placed in harvestable (tonging only) zones) with the remaining cultch placement in non-harvestable zones (Restricted and Prohibited Areas).

Contact

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

None

Affiliated Institutions

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