Miss. oyster season could open in late Oct.
BILOXI, Miss. - The Department of Marine Resources says the Mississippi Sound oyster reefs are either depleted or stressed, but there will still be an oyster season this fall that could extend into winter.
The Sun Herald reports the season, which will begin at the discretion of DMR Executive Director Jamie Miller, probably in late October, will be only for the tonging reefs off Pass Christian. Dredging will not be allowed.
DMR scientists had proposed just a one-week harvest, but Commissioner Richard Gollott talked the other commissioners into an open-ended season that essentially will end when tongers stop finding oysters and quit fishing.
Miller also could close the reefs if the water quality becomes unacceptable.