Oyster aquaculture farm
Officials at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources held a public hearing tonight at the Bolton Building in Biloxi to discuss a new oyster aquaculture farm.
Off-bottom oyster aquaculture is essential to growing oysters in the water column. Oysters on the Gulf Coast are traditionally grown on the seafloor, but this 85 acre farm proposal will grow in baskets.
Members of the community were encouraged to share their opinion at the hearing on the future site of the aquaculture farm. MDMR Executive Director Jamie Miller said, “Well, we provide all the design drawings all of the information being provided, but because of the location being near Deer Island we want to make sure everybody has an opportunity to provide their comments and concerns and then support of the project.”
Miller tells News 25 that the farm will be centered around half shell oysters and not shucked meat.