- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - A special oyster season for Mississippi residents ends at 4 p.m. Saturday, three days before the 2015-16 season opens at legal sunrise on Nov. 10.

The following waters will be open for harvest:

Area II A (Tonging only), including northern portions of the Henderson Point and Pass Christian reefs.

Area II B, including portions of the St. Stanislaus and Waveland tonging reefs.

Area II D (Tonging only), including the public reefs between the U.S. 90 Bridge and the CSX Railroad Bridge.

The following will be open for tonging or dredging:

Area I B, including the Josephs, or St. Joe, Reef.

Area II E, including southern portions of the Henderson Point and Square Handkerchief reefs.

Areas II F, including southern portions of the Pass Christian Reef.

The season closes at 4 p.m. Dec. 12.

The dredging season currently is scheduled to close at 4 p.m. Dec. 12.

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources says the commercial daily limit for tonging is seven sacks, and the daily commercial limit for dredging is 10 sacks. The limit for recreational harvesters is three sacks per licensed resident in a seven-day period.

All Mississippi waters and public or private reef areas are closed on Sundays and the following holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s.

For a complete list of regulations regarding oyster season, visit www.dmr.ms.gov or call the 24-hour Oyster Information Hotline at 228-374-5167 or 1-800-385-5902.

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