(WKRG) – All Mississippi Gulf Coast beaches are closed now because of a harmful blue-green algae bloom.
The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality issued additional closures Sunday for two beach stations in Jackson County due to a blue-green harmful algal bloom extending into those areas.
The previous closures issued for 19 other beach stations in Hancock County, Harrison County and Jackson County remain in effect. Sampling in the Pass Christian Harbor, the Bay St. Louis Harbor, and the Long Beach Harbor has also indicated the presence of a harmful algae bloom. The additional stations closed Sunday are:
- Station 19 — Pascagoula Beach West
- Station 20 — Pascagoula Beach East
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 9 – Gulfport Harbor Beach
- Station 10 – Gulfport Central Beach
- Station 10B – East Courthouse Road Beach
- Station 11 – Gulfport East Beach
- Station 11A – Edgewater Beach
- Station 12A – Biloxi West Central Beach
- Station 12B – Biloxi East Central Beach
- Station 13A – Gulfport Harbor Beach
- Station 14 – Front Beach
- Station 15 – Shearwater Beach
State environmental officials warn people to avoid contact with the water, including eating fish or other seafood caught from affected areas. The closure does not prohibit use of the sand portion of the beach.
The algae can cause rashes, stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting, according to MDEQ. Those exposed should wash with soap and water.