Oyster Rescue on the Mississippi Sound

After rare intense winter storms in the Midwest caused flooding on the upper Mississippi River, the Army Corps of Engineers opened the Bonnet Carré Spillway west of New Orleans to divert water away from the city and prevent flooding. Unfortunately, oysters can’t survive in fresh water.  So, with fresh water from the Mississippi River headed toward sensitive oyster reefs in the western Mississippi Sound, the Department of Marine Resources hired local oystermen to move the oysters to safety.  This short documentary shows how the oysters were moved.