Harmful Algal bloom on the Coast
Four locations on the beach were closed Saturday in Hancock County and as of now, they remain closed. The locations that are closed are Lakeshore Beach, Buccaneer State Park Beach, Waveland Beach, and Bay St. Louis Beach.
This algae isn’t only affecting Hancock County beaches, it has been spotted in Pass Christian as well. Mississippi Commercial Fisheries United officials say they have never seen anything like this before. They also mention that this algae is not only dangerous, but it’s having a negative impact on local fisherman.
Officials say if something isn’t done soon the algae might continue to spread. Mississippi Commercial Fisheries United Executive Director Ryan Bradley said, “This is really unprecedented. In my lifetime, I have never seen this type of algae in our marine waters. I’ve never seen it as thick as it is here recently and it is getting worse every day. This is definitely adverse impacts of the spillway opening.”
Officials advise people and their pets to avoid contact with the algae because exposure can cause rashes, stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting.