East Ship and West Ship islands are undergoing changes as part of the Mississippi Coastal Improvements Program (MsCIP). This project will restore the two barrier islands to one single barrier island — Ship Island — and 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
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 East Ship and West Ship islands during the restoration project will see boats and barges offshore starting in 2017. These vessels will dredge sand from offshore areas and pump it into the Camille Cut and the east end of East Ship Island. Work be conducted in five phases, and will continue through the fall of 2020.
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 West Ship Island pier, concessions, Fort Massachusetts, and the south beach will remain open to visitors during its regular season.
Last updated: April 11, 2018