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Oyster Restoration and Management - Phase I

Implementing Organization

Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MS DEQ)


DWH Project Funding


Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

Funding Program

NFWF Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund GEBF


Project Category


Project Actions

Habitat Restoration and Enhancement

Targeted Resources


Project Description

This project seeks to improve oyster populations and sustainability in coastal Mississippi by conducting several studies to better understand why oyster populations are not more resilient and how productivity can be improved. This project will provide managers with information needed to undertake future large-scale oyster restoration projects and improve the cost-effectiveness and sustainability of such efforts. The studies include an assessment of cultch-type, research into the effects of contaminated oyster shell on recruitment, and baseline water quality and benthic habitat assessments in the Mississippi Sound to identify preferred locations for future restoration. The project also includes a pilot nearshore a oyster gardeningaTM program to produce oysters for conservation purposes.


Camille Covington
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Project Partners

Mississippi Department of Marine Resources

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