Port of Gulfport Restoration Project:
The restoration of the Port of Gulfport following Hurricane Katrina was a vital component of the overall goal to improve the long-term competitiveness and job-creation capabilities of the Port and the region. From catastrophe came opportunity and now just over 13 years later the Port of Gulfport Restoration Project is complete. With more than $225 million in construction projects completed in 2018, of that $225 million, over $214 million went to local contractors. You can view the Restoration Project tab for additional information.
Department of Marine Resources Oyster Hatchery (Small Craft Harbor):
The Department of Marine Resources, the Port of Gulfport, The University of Southern Mississippi, and the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services have all teamed up to grow baby oysters in tanks in the Port of Gulfport’s Small Craft Harbor. Baby oysters are going to sit in tanks for about ten days before they’re taken to the reefs in Pass Christian and Biloxi where they’re going to continue to grow for the next 18 to 24 months in hopes of restoring the oyster reefs in those areas.
Channel & Harbor Dredging:
Thanks to the efforts of Port leadership, Gov. Phil Bryant and Mississippi’s congressional delegation, the Port was able to dredge the channel and harbor to its authorized depth of 36 feet. The project was completed in early 2015. Channel deepening is a complex, multi-year effort and the Port is in regular communication to ensure the Port’s channel is maintained annually.