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West part of Mississippi Sound closes to oyster dredging

Ted Gillespie of Coden, Ala., culls oysters caught in Biloxi Bay on Nov. 1.
Ted Gillespie of Coden, Ala., culls oysters caught in Biloxi Bay on Nov. 1. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com

Oyster areas in the western part of the Mississippi Sound have been closed to dredging.

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources announced the closures at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The closed portions, all in Area II:

▪ E: Square Handkerchief Reef and southern parts of Henderson Point Reef.

▪ F: Southern parts of the Pass Christian Reef.

▪ G: Southern parts of the Pass Christian Reef and northern portions of the Pass Marianne Reef.

▪ H: Southern portions of Telegraph and Pass Marianne reefs.

▪ I: Southern parts of Pass Marianne, Pelican, Buoy and First Key reefs.

The Commission on Marine Resources decided at its Dec. 13 meeting to open those areas for at least a five-day period that would end no later than Thursday, a DMR press release said.

For more information, call the Oyster Hotline at 228-374-5167 or 1-800-385-5902.

Shearwater Reef in Biloxi Bay was opened for oystering for the first time in 54 years after the water quality was determined to be good enough to allow people to eat raw oysters from the area.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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