State sets emergency oyster program after spillway opens
BILOXI, Miss. - The opening of Louisiana's Bonnet Carre Spillway has prompted the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources to move to minimize the impact that could have on oysters in the Mississippi Sound.
The department said Monday they're implementing an emergency oyster resource recovery program that will put fishermen to work relocating live oysters from the Sound's west side to the east side and Biloxi Back Bay.
The MDMR will pay the fishermen using disaster funds received in 2014 as a result of damages from the 2011 opening of the Bonnet Carre.
Oyster fishermen who had a license in 2011 and commercially harvested oysters in one or more years before 2011 are eligible. Informational meetings will be held Wednesday at 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the Bolton Building in Biloxi.