Mississippi Oyster Cultch Restoration Project

Project Overview

Implementing Organization
Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MS DEQ)

DWH Project Funding


Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)

Funding Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA)

Project Location: Mississippi

Funding Source: BP
Controlling Document: NRDA Consent Decree and Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan (PDARP)
Year Awarded: 2012

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Habitat Restoration and Enhancement

Targeted Resources

Wetlands / Marshes / Estuaries Oysters / Reefs

Project Description

The goal of this project is to restore and enhance oyster cultch areas in the marine waters of Mississippi in Hancock and Harrison Counties. This project will restore and enhance approximately 1,430 acres of the oyster cultch areas within Mississippi. Cultch material (oyster shell, limestone or crushed concrete, or some combination thereof) will be deployed at a rate of 100 cubic yards per acre with adjustments for site conditions as needed.

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Affiliated Institutions


Project ID: 269
Project Name: Mississippi Oyster Cultch Restoration Project
SourceUID: 8
Latitude: 30.249152
Longitude: -89.258093
Country: United States of America
State or Province: Mississippi
County: Hancock, Harrison
Project Category: Environmental
Project Action: Habitat Restoration and Enhancement
Additional Project Action(s):
Additional Project Action(s):
Targeted Resource(s): Wetlands / Marshes / Estuaries
Targeted Resource(s): Oysters / Reefs
Targeted Resource(s):
Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2014
Implementing Organization: Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MS DEQ)
Implementing Organization Type: State
Point of Contact – Name: Marc Wyatt
Point of Contact – Phone: mwyatt@mdeq.ms.gov
Point of Contact – Email: 601-961-5367
Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: None
Link: http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/project?id=8
Project Comments: For official trustee information regarding the Deepwater Horizon NRDA, including information regarding the NRDA process and status of projects, see http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/.
Acres Acquired: 0
Close Year: 0
Close Month: 0
Close day: 0
Purchase Type: None
Landowner: None
Landowner Type: None
Purpose: None
Public Access: None
Easement Holder Name : None
Easement Holder Type: None
Secondary Easement Holder 1: None
Secondary Easement Holder 2: None
Duration: None
Term: 0
Land Restoration Acreage: 0
Aquatic Restoration Acreage: 1430
Restoration Mileage: 0
Restoration Feet: 0
Additional Acreage: None
Total Dollar Amount (from all funders): 11000000
DWH Funder: Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)
DWH Funder Type: Joint
DWH Funding Program: Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA)
DWH Dollar Amount : 11000000
DWH Source: BP
Fund Origin: Civil Settlement
Controlling Documents: NRDA Consent Decree and Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan (PDARP)
Award Year: 2012
Award Month: 0
Total Amount Leveraged: 0