DMR Proposes Aquaculture Site
The Department of Marine Resources is attempting to create an oyster aquaculture farm in Pass Christian, but not without some community pushback.
DMR spoke to the Harrison County Board of Supervisors Monday morning and they suggest that the farm be between the bridges in Pass Christian. It would about 24 acres and will allow leases for up to 24 fishermen. DMR says there will likely be five to ten wanting to privately farm oysters off bottom in baskets.
Henderson Pointe and Pass Christian Isle residents say pilings sticking out of the water would drastically devalue the area and destroy any continued development of an area ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. Resident Raymond Edwards said, “None of us oppose the Cat Island or Deer Island places because they’re far enough out that they aren’t going to affect what we bought into. In fact, I think it’s going to affect our property values greatly if it goes through.”
DMR Executive Director Jamie Miller said, “All I can tell you is they‘ll certainly be able to present that evidence. We don’t see any evidence of that happening in Chesapeake Bay or Alabama or Louisiana. It’s something we will address directly with them.”
If the site were to go elsewhere, other possible sites are near Deer Island and Cat Island.