Nov 15 2001

SEN. SHELBY SECURES $1 MILLION FOR MOBILE BAY OYSTER RECOVERY PROGRAM

Funds Will Assist in Restoration of Bay

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced the approval of funding for the University of South Alabama’s Mobile Bay Oyster Recovery Program.

The Commerce, Justice, State Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2002, approved by both the House and the Senate, includes $1 million for the Oyster Recovery Program. The bill will now be sent to President Bush to be signed into law.

Sen. Shelby said, "The University of South Alabama, in cooperation with the Alabama Department of Conservation, will use the $1 million included in this legislation to conduct surveys and begin a reseeding program in Mobile Bay. The program will attempt to restore productive oyster reefs in areas that have experienced reef loss due to environmental and harvesting factors. A resurgence of the oyster beds will significantly impact the water quality and clarity in Mobile Bay, as well as assist the Bay in fostering survival of sea grass meadows and marine species such as blue crab, sea trouts, and some snappers and grouper."