Several Mississippi Oyster Reef Areas to Open

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Updated: 1/23 5:00 pm
BILOXI, Miss. – The reefs will open for harvest as follows:

· Area I “B” Conditionally Approved Waters – This area includes the St. Joseph or St. Joe Reef, and will open for oyster harvest by dredging and tonging.

· Area II “A” Conditionally Approved Waters – This area includes northern portions of the Pass Christian and Henderson Point reefs and Hornets reef. Only those waters of Area II “A” Conditionally Approved Waters west of 89° 15.222’ West Longitude (West of Pass Christian West Light 1) will open for oyster harvest by tonging or dredging. All other portions of this area will open for oyster harvest by tonging only.

· Area II “B” Conditionally Approved Waters – This area includes Waveland and St. Stanislaus Reef, and will be open to oyster harvest by tonging and dredging.

· Area II “D” Conditionally Approved Waters – This area includes the public reefs in St. Louis Bay, between the U.S. Highway 90 Bridge and the CSX Railroad Bridge. This area will reopen for oyster harvest by tonging only.

Portions of areas II “A” and II “B” Conditionally Approved Waters will be open for dredging on tonging areas as part of the special management season set by the Commission on Marine Resources.

This order is in accordance with The Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources Title 22, Part 1 and the “Order Opening the 2013‐2014 Limited Mississippi Oyster Season in Certain Waters Classified as Approved or Conditionally Approved by the Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources, and Placing Certain Restrictions on Oyster Harvesting Activities,” and as authorized by the Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources at its regular meeting of Jan. 21, 2014.

For more information on the open and closed areas, call the MDMR’s 24‐hour Oyster Information Hot Line at 228‐374‐5167 or 1‐800‐385‐5902.

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources is dedicated to enhancing, protecting and conserving marine interests of the state by managing all marine life, public trust wetlands, adjacent uplands and waterfront areas to provide for the optimal commercial, recreational, educational and economic uses of these resources consistent with environmental concerns and social changes. Visit the DMR online at www.dmr.ms.gov.
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