- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources is considering multiple sites for off-bottom oyster aquaculture in order to reach the goal of producing 1 million sacks a year by 2025.

Executive Director Jamie Miller said in a news release Tuesday one site is in Harrison County in the Bay of St. Louis. However, after listening to residents’ concerns he decided to look at other places in the Mississippi Sound.

Off-bottom oyster farming is the culture of oysters in a mesh container, such as a basket, bag or cage. These containers are placed above the sea floor to grow oysters.

Miller says oyster aquaculture can only be done in certain areas.

He says officials have to consider such factors as water quality, salinity and accessibility.

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