Mississippi Fishing Industry Hopes to Recover From Decimated Oyster Population

PASS CHRISTIAN, Miss. — On a dock at Pass Christian Harbor, a large red sign reads “FRESH GULF JERRY FORTE SEAFOOD.”

Sunlight shines on the blue water of the harbor. Pelicans rest on a wooden dock.

Here, Jeremy Forte works as a wholesale buyer and seller, providing seafood to individuals, restaurants and other entities. His family founded the business in the 1970s, and sold oysters in the winter for many years.

But, in recent years, the oyster populations on the Mississippi Coast have declined.

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