Hancock County Marsh Living Shoreline Project

Author(s): Wyatt, M.

The Hancock County Marsh Living Shoreline project will provide for construction of up to 5.9 miles of living shoreline. In addition, approximately 46 acres of marsh will be constructed to protect and enhance the existing shoreline, and 46 acres of subtidal oyster reef will be created in Heron Bay to increase secondary productivity in the area. Located between Bayou Caddy and the mouth of the East Pearl River, the project area falls within the 20,909-acre Hancock County Marsh Preserve. This complex, one of the largest in Mississippi, is part of the Pearl River estuary in the western Mississippi Sound and managed as part of the Mississippi Coastal Preserves Program. Anticipated outcomes for the project include shoreline erosion reduction, creation of habitat for oysters and other secondary productivity, and the protection and creation of marsh habitat. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is partnering with the State of Mississippi on this project which has been funded by the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Trustee Council.

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