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WIN 2017

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Page 34 of 83 | 35 BY FRANK SARGEANT Mississippi's coast has experienced a dramatic decline in oyster production over the last decade—from 2004 to 2015 the drop was over 94 percent, according to Jamie Miller, executive director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR). The collapse of these popular mollusks should be alarming to anglers, and not just because there are fewer oysters to slather in hot sauce and gulp down on a cracker. Why? Because oysters are a bit like the canaries in the mine when it comes to water quality— when they disappear from an area where they have historically been abundant, it means something has gone terribly wrong in the ecosystem. Officials in Mississippi look to stage a dramatic turnaround in the state's oyster production, hoping to bolster both the ecosystem and an historic industry. | 35

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