harmful algae bloom

Businesses could get federal aid from toxic algae

Businesses along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast might be able to get federal aid if they’ve suffered economic losses due to toxic blue-green bacteria in the water. At least five businesses from each affected county have to show they’ve suffered substantial economic…

Gov. Bryant assures safety of seafood consumption

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…

Bonnet Carre Spillway still open

The Bonnet Carre Spillway opening is being largely blamed for the massive algae bloom that has spread across the Coast waters. It’s just one of the spillover effects from the record-breaking number of days the Louisiana spillway has been opened,…

Algix technology creates bioplastics with algae

A sustainability company in Meridian is paving the way in cleaning up our waterways by using the toxic algae to create bioplastic materials. Ryan Hunt, co-founder of Algix, says the technology they have developed can separate the particles of algae…

Hosemann talks solutions to Bonnet Carre Spillway

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann held a press conference in Gulfport this afternoon on the impact of the Bonnet Carre Spillway. The spillway was opened twice this year, causing significant impacts in the Mississippi Sound. The freshwater intrusion from the…

USM conducts survey of marine life in Biloxi Bay

As the toxic algae bloom continues to take a toll on Coast beaches, the USM Center for Fisheries Research and Development team is studying its effects on marine life. The group went out today to Biloxi Bay to analyze how…

Tourism options on the Coast

While beaches in the Hancock County area and Harrison County area are feeling the effects of toxic algal blooms in the Mississippi Sound, there are still many options for recreation along the Coast. Beaches in Gulfport are experiencing minimal turnout…

Ship Island unaffected by algae bloom

With the number of beach closures now up to 12 due to the algae bloom, many residents and visitors are looking for something safe to do. While some beaches are affected by the blue-green harmful algal bloom, some Coast attractions…

Hundreds of animals are dying due to freshwater in the Sound

More beaches have been added to the list of closures on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Now people and their pets need to avoid 12 areas due to contamination from the blue-green algal bloom, but this problem goes way past swimming.…

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…

Another beach closed in Harrison County

The ten beaches that are closed in Hancock and Harrison County will remain that way until further notice. This is all due to the blue-green harmful algal bloom that has popped up on the Coast. It’s been called a disaster…

MDEQ Adds One Beach Station to Closures

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, issued an additional closure Wednesday for one beach station (Station 8 – Gulfport West Beach) in Harrison County due to a blue-green Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) extending into…

Harmful algae bloom invades Coast beaches

A major outbreak of a blue-green harmful algal bloom has officials keeping a close eye on the beaches across the Gulf Coast. Four beach locations in Hancock County and five beaches in Harrison County have taken precautionary measures by urging…