DMR opens oyster reefs that were closed due to T.S. Karen

GULF OF MEXICO — Oyster reefs that were closed Oct. 3 due to the threat of Tropical Storm Karen will reopen today, according to officials with the Department of Marine Resources.

Those areas include:

• Area II “A” – Conditionally Approved Waters — This area includes northern portions of the Pass Christian and Henderson Point reefs and Hornets reef.

• Area II “B” – Conditionally Approved Waters — This area includes Waveland and St. Stanislaus reefs.

• Area II “C” – Conditionally Approved Waters — and its subdivisions of 2 “E,” 2 “F,” and 2 “G,” which includes southern portions of the Pass Christian and Henderson Point reefs and northern portions of the Pass Marianne and Telegraph reefs.

• Area II “D” Conditionally Approved Waters — This area includes the public reefs in St. Louis Bay, between the U.S. Highway 90 bridge and the CSX railroad bridge.

The reefs open at legal sunrise, and check-out time is 3 p.m. each day. The daily limit for tonging is 12 sacks.

When reefs open for commercial dredging Oct. 14, the initial daily limit will be 20 sacks.

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