With all Mississippi beaches closed due to blooms of toxic algae, officials are warning individuals towards consuming seafood and fish from the affected areas.
Twenty-one seashores in Mississippi are closed due to a Harmful Algal Bloom, or HAB. HABs occur when algae – simple plants that live in the sea and freshwater – develop out of control. The algae can produce toxins that can have dangerous results on people or wildlife.
The present bloom is caused by cyanobacteria, blue-green algae, capable of producing dangerous toxins.
Individuals can turn out to be sick if they come in contact with water contaminated with HABs. They’ll also grow to be ill with signs including rashes, stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting if they eat fish or seafood from the affected areas.
“It’s suggested that you use caution and do not take fish, crabs, or shrimp from the areas affected by the bloom. Any marine life from the affected space shouldn’t be consumed even whether it is cooked or frozen,” the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality stated.
Fish and seafood caught outdoors the algae-contaminated areas alongside the Mississippi coast are believed to be safe.
Officers mentioned they’re conducting everyday water sampling within the affected areas.