The wetland boundary of this 2,339-acre preserve is Graveline Bay and Bayou. One exception is the exclusion of one major tributary. Graveline Bay and Bayou represents one of few relatively undisturbed estuarine bays and small tidal creeks in Mississippi. The area supports salt marsh, brackish marsh, and several oyster beds. The bay, marsh, adjoining upland forest, and undeveloped beach front near the mouth of Graveline Bayou are an important landing area for neotropical migrant birds. This coastal bay/marsh estuarine system receives only local freshwater runoff and consists largely of mid-level needle rush (Juncus roemerianus
) dominated marsh along its entire length. Smooth cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora
) occurs largely as narrow (1-3 m) bands along the creeks and bayous.
Boaters and anglers use the area on occasional and seasonal basis for waterfowl hunting (sparingly) and fishing.
Fishing and crabbing
Threats to Ecological Integrity
To the south are two fairly large failed residential subdivisions. Roads are cut, utilities are in place, but very few houses are built. Oyster beds have been closed by the DMR due to septic tank contamination and limited flushing action of bay. Increase of residential home construction without tie in to city sewer system could have adverse impact on bay. Could also result in increased sediment loading.
Southern Red Cedar
For Comments and/or Additional Information on Graveline Bay, email
the Coastal Preserves Manager.
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Contact Graveline Bay Preserve
MS Department of Marine Resources
1141 Bayview Avenue
Biloxi, MS 39530
Phone: (228) 374-5000
Toll Free: (800) 374-3449
Fax: (228) 374-5005
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