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Oyster aid.

The federal government has provided $15 million to help rehabilitate Mississippi's oyster habitats and the industry that relies on them. "I'm not sure if $15 million will be enough, but we will have to make do with it," said Scott Gordon with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources. "Just about any way an oyster could have been killed in Mississippi, it was." The disaster relief money will be spent over five years and will be used for surveying, monitoring, cultivating reefs, depositing new material on which oysters can grow and replacing destroyed weather stations. Oysters are the second most valuable seafood in the Gulf of Mexico after shrimp, and usually take up to two years to reach legal size for harvesting.
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Title Annotation:government finance to oystering
Publication:State Legislatures
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U6MS
Date:Dec 1, 2006
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