Excessive rainfall closes Biloxi, Mississippi oyster reef

FILE PHOTO In this July 26, 2011 photo, a worker shucks an oyster at Jeri's Seafood in Smith Point, Texas. Any hope that Texas oysters were going to make up the productivity lost in Mississippi and Louisiana due to flooding and last year's oil spill have been killed by the third-worst drought in Lone Star State history. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) – An oyster reef that was recently opened after about 40 years has been closed.

Officials with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources said in a news release the Biloxi Bay and Shearwater reefs were closed Wednesday to the harvest of oysters because of excessive localized rainfall.

The Biloxi Bay reef opened Nov. 1. Harvesting was limited to oyster tonging. No dredging was allowed. The limit was 15 sacks per day.

It is not known if and when the Biloxi reef will reopen.


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