Along the Mississippi Coast, unusual red tides (harmful algae blooms) are affecting commercial fishing, outdoor recreation, and other activities.
In December, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its
Beach Monitoring Program, issued a preemptive closure for all beach
segments along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
In addition, officials with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) closed oyster reefs. The decision was made as a precautionary measure due to the proximity of potentially harmful algae blooms in the Mississippi Sound.
The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has information for the public about harmful algal blooms, or red tide, on its website, dmr.ms.gov.
source: Mississippi Department of Marine Resources