Gov. Bryant assures safety of seafood consumption

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South Mississippi is facing another challenge plaguing the Mississippi Sound.

Not only the far-reaching algae bloom spurned by the Bonnet Carre Spillway, but the perception by some that the seafood harvested from Mississippi coastal waters isn’t safe for consumption, a misconception that Governor Phil Bryant wants to clear up.

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While many stretches of beach in South Mississippi’s three coastal counties remain closed to water contact, the executive director for the Department of Marine Resources says the water samples have not shown toxin levels high enough to warrant concern for consumption of local seafood and it’s a message Governor Bryant is trying to also get across loud and clear.

No official word yet when the Bonnet Carre Spillway will be closed, although leaders with the Corps of Engineers said it could be as soon as July 28th.