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All 21 Beaches of Mississippi Closed for Swimming due to HAB

21 Beaches of Mississippi, along the Gulf’s coast closed down due to blue-green harmful algal bloom (HAB) for swimming, according to Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ).

The National Geographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says, HABs occur when “colonies of algae- simple plants that live in the sea and freshwater- grow out of control and produce toxic or harmful effects on people” or wildlife.

NOAA further added, “The human illness caused by the HABs, though rare, can be debilitating or even fatal. HABs have been reported in every U.S. coastal state, and their occurrence may be on the rise. HABs are a national concern because they affect not only the health of people and marine ecosystems, but also the ‘health’ of local and regional economies.”

The cause has been partly identified to be the opening of the Bonnet Carre spillway in Louisiana, which has triggered “excessive” freshwater to the coastline, the Jackson Clarion Ledger reported.

The people are still allowed to use the stand portion of the beaches, however, they are not allowed to get into the water for any reason or consume anything from the waters until they are notified.

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HAB can have many harmful health effects like rashes on the body, stomach cramps, nausea , vomiting, etc.

The following is the list of 21 closed beaches at Mississippi:

  1. Edgewater Beach
  2. Biloxi West Central Beach
  3. Biloxi East Central Beach
  4. Gulfport Harbor Beach
  5. Front Beach
  6. Shearwater Beach
  7. Pascagoula Beach West
  8. Pascagoula Beach East
  9. Lakeshore Beach
  10. Buccaneer State Park Beach
  11. Waveland Beach
  12. Bay St. Louis Beach
  13. Pass Christian West Beach
  14. Pass Christian Central Beach
  15. Pass Christian East Beach
  16. Long Beach
  17. Gulfport West Beach
  18. Gulfport Harbor Beach
  19. Gulfport Central Beach
  20. East Courthouse Road Beach
  21. Gulfport East Beach

The beaches shall remain closed until the appropriate actions for removing HAB is taken by the authority.

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