Oyster reef now closed after reopening for first time in 54 years

BILOXI, Ms. -- Officials with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources announced the Biloxi Bay oyster reef was closed for fishing beginning Wednesday (Nov. 9) due to excessive localized rainfall.

The closure was announced for the V "A" area that includes Biloxi Bay and Shearwater reefs. 

Biloxi Bay reopened for harvesting earlier this month for the first time in 54 years after water quality reached an acceptable standard to inspectors. 

On the first day of reopening, the Department of Marine Resources reported 46 boats, including five recreational and 31 commercial, pulled in 441 sacks of oysters. 

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

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