A Mississippi beach
Mississippi is feeling some of the effects of our changing climate running up against our reliance on pollutants to control our environments. All 21 beaches along the Mississippi gulf coast have been closed due to an enormous blue-green harmful algal bloom (HAB). On Sunday, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) announced the closure of the last two beaches, Pascagoula Beach East and Pascagoula Beach West.
MDEQ advises people, and their pets, to avoid water contact such as swimming or wading because exposure to the blue-green HAB can be harmful. The closures refer to water contact and does not prohibit use of the sand portion of a beach.
The algae can cause rashes, stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. MDEQ advises that those exposed wash with soap and water and to not eat fish or any other seafood taken from affected areas.