Monday marks the beginning of the oyster season in Mississippi.
“We’ve had a small opening in Biloxi Bay, we will have a larger opening in what we refer to as the Western Mississippi Sound on Monday morning and so we will be harvesting fresh Mississippi oysters,” said Jamie Miller, Director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources.
This year only 10,000 sacks of oysters may be harvested. That’s down from 35,000 last year.
DMR says they are doing this because Mississippi’s stressed reefs need the time to rebuild.
“This year it’s going to be limited, we think it will probably last til about Thanksgiving, so just a couple of weeks,” said Miller. “So, if you’re interested in buying oysters in Mississippi you’re only going to have a few weeks to do it.