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MCMR opens additional oyster areas and extends season

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Jan.22,2014

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 MCMR opens additional oyster areas and extends season

BILOXI, Miss. – Two oyster reef areas opened at legal sunrise today, Jan.22, officials with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) said.

The reefs that opened for harvest are those located in the offshore waters of Approved Areas 2 “H” and 2 “I” which includes Pass Marianne, Telegraph, Buoy, Pelican, Umbrella and First and Fletchers Keys reefs.

Additionally, some reefs normally open just for harvest by tonging: Conditionally Approved Area 2 “A” west of Longitude 89° 15.222’ W. (West of Pass Christian West Light 1) - which includes northern portions of Henderson Point Reef and portions of Hornet’s Reef; and Conditionally Approved Area 2 “B” - which includes St. Stanislaus and Waveland Reefs; are currently closed, but will open to harvest by dredging once they meet all criteria in their management plans.

Also, Conditionally Approved Area 1 “B,” which includes St. Joseph reef, is planned to be opened for harvest when it meets all criteria in its management plan.

All the reefs are scheduled to be closed Feb. 18 or if the water does not meet water quality standards set by MDMR.

This order is in accordance with The Mississippi Commissionon Marine Resources Title22, Part1 and the “Order Opening the 20132014 Limited Mississippi Oyster Season in Certain Waters Classifiedas Approved or Conditionally Approved by the Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources,  and Placing Certain Restrictions on Oyster Harvesting Activities.”

For more information on the open and closed areas, call the MDMR’s 24‐hour Oyster Information Hot Line at 228374‐5167 or 1800‐3855902.

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources is dedicated to enhancing, protecting and conserving marine interests of the state by managing all marine life, public trust wetlands, adjacent uplands and waterfront areas to provide for the optimal commercial, recreational, educational and economic uses of these resources consistent with environmental concerns and social changes. Visit the DMR online at www.dmr.ms.gov.

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