Water from the Bonnet Carre Spillway is devastating the Mississippi Sound without benefit to its citizens, Coastal authories said in a meeting Tuesday (May 28). The leaders came together in Biloxi to learn how the fresh water impacts the sound and brainstorm solutions to protect their coast. Surveys show high oyster deaths, according to Rick Burris, the deputy director of Marine Fisheries within the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources. Burris said there has been a 50 percent mortality rate, "across all reefs." Dolphins and endangered sea turtles have been harmed as well. Moby Solangi, president and executive director of the Institute of Marine Mammal Studies, said the freshwater from the spillway has damaged the saltwater animals' skin and resulted in numerous deaths. "You have these animals that we have seen on the beaches with their skin peeling off, sores on their bodies," Solangi said.
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