Restaurateurs support oyster farming, residents against it

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) – Harrison County supervisors say they support efforts to increase oyster farming in Coast waters, but not near Henderson Point in West Harrison County.

The Sun Herald reports supervisors approved two resolutions Monday: One against opening up a 24-acre stretch of Bay St. Louis waters for the farming, and another that praised the Department of Marine Resources for their efforts broadly.

Residents of Henderson Point have argued the oyster farms would be unsightly and bring property value down, hindering recovery from Hurricane Katrina.

Area restaurateurs at Monday’s meeting expressed another side of the argument.

DMR Executive Director Jaime Miller said DMR looked at three other sites before choosing one near Henderson Point.