BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - With large amounts of oil and tar balls washing up on South Mississippi beaches Monday, state officials have issued advisories for two areas along the beach in Harrison and Jackson Counties.
These beaches are not closed and beach goers may continue to use these beaches, but the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and the Mississippi State Department of Health advise people to be aware of their surroundings while recreating.
The advisories are issued for:
Jackson County: from Main Street in the Belle Fountain area west to Seashore Avenue.
Harrison County: from Miramar Avenue west to Veterans Avenue.
These areas were observed to have significant amounts of tar balls, tar mats, mousse, or sheen on Sunday, June 27. MDEQ and the Beach Monitoring Task Force recommend that people avoid contact with oil-related materials and to stay out of the water if these materials are visible.
These beaches are not closed and beach goers may continue to use these beaches, but the agencies advise people to be aware of their surroundings while recreating.
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