Deer Island takes a beating every time boats race through the channel or a storm makes its way to the Coast. That is why the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (M.D.M.R.) and a local environmental company called Coastal Environments have teamed up to collect oyster shells.
Three days a week, Coastal Environments collects leftover oyster shells from restaurants in the area and bags them to create natural barriers around Deer Island. Environmentalists say it’s important to keep oysters out of landfills. They also say the project helps more than one cause.
Mitch Tinsley, G.I.S. Manager of Coastal Environments, says, "We've partnered with the Department of Marine Resources on a living shoreline project on the northern side of Deer Island. We've donated some of the shell to them for their benefit to use them to armor the shoreline to keep the sand along the shore in place."
If you'd like to participate in the oyster recycling program, contact Coastal Environments at (228) 243-0007.