Grant will help protect Deer Island shoreline - - Jackson, MS

Grant will help protect Deer Island shoreline

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BILOXI, MS (AP) - The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has received a grant from the Gulf of Mexico Community based Restoration Partnership to help with the Deer Island Restoration Project.

The $20,000 grant will be used to help protect about 800 linear feet of shoreline on the northeast corner of Deer Island from erosion by creating a breakwater/berm using bags of recycled oyster shell stacked and staked along the shoreline. The recycled shell will be bound in wire-mesh bags, which will eventually rust away, leaving the oyster habitat free of debris.

The initial deployment of oyster shell is planned for early March.

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