Last week marked the end of the 2017 oyster gardening season. All oysters were picked up and given to the DMR to be planted on restoration reefs. The inaugural Mississippi Oyster Gardening season had it’s challenges, from fresh water killing the original spat to Hurricane Nate taking out piers, but in the end over 15,000 oysters were grown! All oysters that were collected were very healthy and at a few sites there was even natural set spat from wild oysters. These were very encouraging signs that the Mississippi Oyster Gardening Program is on the right track. Now that we are between seasons, it’s time to focus on expanding the program for 2018 to include as many oyster gardeners as possible. If you know of anyone who may be interested in participating, please have them contact us!