MDEQ Adds Two Beach Stations to Closures

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, issued two additional closures Thursday for two beach stations (Station 9 – Gulfport Harbor Beach and Station 10B – East Courthouse Road Beach) in Harrison County due to a blue-green Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) extending into that area. An algal bloom is the rapid growth of algae on the surface of the water. The previous closures issued for 10 other stations in Harrison County and Hancock County remain in effect. Sampling in the Pass Christian Harbor, the Long Beach Harbor, and the Harrison Road area of the Jourdan River also indicate the presence of an HAB.

MDEQ advises people, and their pets, to avoid water contact such as swimming or wading because exposure to the blue-green HAB can be harmful. The closures refer to water contact and do not prohibit use of the sand portion of a beach.

The additional stations closed Thursday are:

  • Station 9 – Gulfport Harbor Beach
  • Station 10B – East Courthouse Road Beach (Gulfport)

 

Closures remain in effect for:

  • Station 1 – Lakeshore Beach
  • Station 2 – Buccaneer State Park Beach
  • Station 3 – Waveland Beach
  • Station 4 – Bay St. Louis Beach
  • Station 5 – Pass Christian West Beach
  • Station 6 – Pass Christian Central Beach
  • Station 7 – Pass Christian East Beach
  • Station 7A – Long Beach Beach
  • Station 8 – Gulfport West Beach
  • Station 10 – Gulfport Central Beach

 

The algae can cause rashes, stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. MDEQ advises that those exposed wash with soap and water and to not eat fish or any other seafood taken from affected areas.

All other beaches along the Mississippi Gulf Coast remain open (Stations 11 to 20). MDEQ will continue sampling tomorrow, and this advisory may be revised as results dictate. The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources analyzed the samples for MDEQ, and the two agencies are working together examining the HAB situation.

More information about the Mississippi Beach Monitoring Program and the location of beach sampling stations is available at: http://opcgis.deq.state.ms.us/beaches.

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