Seafood safety is top priority for coast
An army of scientists and experts are closely monitoring the Gulf of Mexico oil leak and local conditions to ensure that seafood being sold in Mississippi is safe for consumers.
Dave Burrage, a marine resources specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service in Biloxi, said the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and the Mississippi Health Department are guarding the safety of seafood being caught and sold.
“The industry continues to take precautions to ensure that all Gulf Coast seafood reaching consumers is of the high quality they have come to expect,” Burrage said.
He said the waters of the Mississippi Sound are open, but all the federal waters south of Mississippi are closed to all types of fishing. The Mississippi Sound is the water between the barrier islands and the coastline, and the federal waters begin about one mile south of the barrier islands, which are located about 10 miles off the Mississippi Gulf Coast.