BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - Fisherman are busy with an offseason
harvest to move young healthy oysters into Mississippi Gulf Coast
waters hard hit by Hurricane Katrina.
Scott Gordon with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources
says they're moving seed oysters.
The oysters, harvested from Biloxi Bay and Davis Bayou, are
transported by barge and transplanted on recovering reefs.
Fishermen are paid $20 a sack for their work.
Officials estimate some 130 oyster boats have helped harvest
more than 60,000 sacks for transplanting on recovering reefs.
Katrina slammed the Gulf coast in August 2005, sending several
hundred thousand evacuees to Texas and other nearby states.
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