- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - Oysters will soon be returning to St. Joe reef after about 40,000 sacks were relocated to reefs in Pass Christian and Biloxi Bay because of the Bonnet Carre Spillway opening.

St. Joe reef is in the western-most part of the Mississippi Sound, north of the barrier islands, and close to where large amounts of fresh water from the Mississippi River was released.

The state Department of Marine Resources has applied for a permit under the Coastal Wetlands Protection Act.

Melissa Scallan, DMR public affairs director, tells The Sun Herald (https://bit.ly/1o5trBc) this is the first step in a long term restoration project that will be implemented over 10 years. The permit request says about 3,500 acres of almost 24,000 acres of reefs will be cultivated.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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