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Fishermen gather to hear emergency oyster recovery program

BILOXI, Miss.- The first of two meetings was held at the Bolton Building in Biloxi by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources on the emergency oyster recovery program.

Tons of fishermen joined the meeting to find out what will happen to the remaining live oysters in the Mississippi Sound. DMR Officials said that because the Army corps of Engineers opened the Bonnet Carre Spillway in Louisiana and water was released, they need to act fast.

The program will put all qualifying fishermen to work relocating the oysters from the west side of the Sound to the east side and Biloxi Back Bay.

Requirements are as follows:

  • Valid Mississippi drivers license or other state ID with photo
  • Mississippi resident commercial oyster license in 2011-2012
  • Mississippi resident commercial oyster license in 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010
  • Trip tickets from the year the license was held.

Money to fun the recovery program comes from disaster money given in 2011 and 2014 as a result of the damage that occurred with the spillway was open.

Another informational meeting will be held at the Bolton Building on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

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