Ship Island (formerlly known as East Ship and West Ship islands) has been restored as part of the Mississippi Coastal Improvements Program (MsCIP) to better protect a wild and dynamic environment that is shaped by wind and water and treasured by people.
Mississippi Coastal Improvements Program
Ship Island Project Background
Sculpted winds, waves, and currents that influence sand erosion, deposition, dune formation, overwash, inlet formation, and shoreline migration, the Mississippi barrier islands are important to our natural, historical, and cultural landscapes. The barrier islands create and maintain sensitive ecosystems that support diverse habitats for wildlife such as birds and sea turtles while also reducing storm damage to our coastal communities. They are also time capsules containing pieces of our human past, like historic Fort Massachusetts.
Visitors to the newly restored Ship Island during the restoration project will see boats and barges offshore. These vessels will dredge sand from offshore areas and pump it into the restored area, formally known as the Camille Cut and the east end of the former East Ship Island. Work be conducted in five phases, and will continue through the Spring of 2021.
The work area will be fenced off and public access to the area will not be allowed, either by foot or boat. Project personnel will also be on-site to restrict access within the project zone to authorized personnel only. The facilities including pier, concessions, Fort Massachusetts, and the south beach in the area formally known as West Ship Island remain open to visitors during its regular season.
Last updated: March 9, 2019