South Mississippi is facing not only the challenge of the far-reaching algae bloom spurred by the long-opened Bonnet Carre Spillway, but also the perception that locally harvested seafood isn’t safe to eat.
Mississippi governor Phil Bryant wants to clear up that misperception.
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.
In a tweet sent out from his official Twitter account, Bryant said, “… Off-shore, locally-caught fish and seafood are safe to enjoy as well in local businesses.”
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.
We’ll keep you updated.