- Associated Press - Sunday, October 30, 2016

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - For the first time in at least 40 years, the Biloxi Bay will open for oyster harvesting.

Officials with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources said reefs in this portion of the Mississippi Sound will open at legal sunrise Tuesday for oyster tonging only. No dredging will be allowed.

The state Commission on Marine Resources approved the opening at its October meeting. The sack limit is 15 per day.

MDMR Executive Director Jamie Miller says the opening confirms water quality has improved in the bay.

On Friday, reefs closed in the western part of the Sound near Pass Christian because fishermen reached the quota of 27,944 sacks. Those reefs opened Oct. 3.

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