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Sites considered for oyster aquaculture in Mississippi

Staff Writer | August 12, 2016
The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources is considering multiple sites for off-bottom oyster aquaculture.
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The new sites are being considered in order to reach the goal of producing one million sacks a year by 2025.

Off-bottom oyster farming is the culture of oysters in a mesh container, such as a basket, bag or cage. These containers are placed above the sea floor to grow oysters.

Oyster aquaculture can only be carried out in certain areas, executive director Jamie Miller said. Agency officials have to consider such factors as water quality, salinity and accessibility.

He said that one site discussed was in Harrison County in the Bay of St. Louis, but after listening to residents’ concerns he decided to look at other places in the Mississippi Sound.

“We have identified several places where we believe oyster aquaculture will work, and one of those was ‘between the bridges’ in the Bay of St. Louis,” Miller said. “However, after having a public hearing and meeting with some residents, we have decided not to pursue this site.”