Biloxi Sun Herald|
Project adds oyster reefs
Now it's up to the oysters
BAY ST. LOUIS - May
13, 2004 - The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has
completed construction on an oyster bed in St.
Louis Bay near Mallini Bayou, to demonstrate the oyster's ability to improve water quality through its
food-gathering filtration, and create essential fish
About 900 cubic yards of oyster shells were
planted and about 50 cubic yards of live oysters
transferred to the site to spawn and create oyster
larvae that will settle and grow the reef.
The joint research project was funded through a
grant from the Gulf of Mexico Foundation. A similar
project was funded in Biloxi's Back Bay by the Fish
America Foundation for the "creation of oyster reefs to improve coastal water quality and critical
The DMR partnered with six organizations on the grants
including: Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium,
Coastal Conservation Association, Mississippi Gulf
Fishing Banks, University of Southern Mississippi's J.L.
Scott Aquarium, The Nature Conservancy and the Office of
Congressman Gene Taylor.
The project is funded in part through the Gulf
of Mexico Community-Based Habitat Restoration Program,
the Gulf Ecological Management Sites Program and the NOAA
Community-Based Restoration Program.
Also included in the research project was the
construction of a reef in Biloxi's Back Bay west
of the train bridge near the mouth of Fort Bayou. Each
reef was located in waters closed to oyster
harvesting and will provide a beneficial sanctuary for
The DMR will monitor the reefs using side-scan
sonar, square meter diving and hook and line surveys.
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