BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Commercial and recreational Blue Crab fishermen will once again be able to fish in the Mississippi Sound beginning Friday night at 5pm.
The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) ordered the reopening after extensive sampling and testing.
The FDA has advised that, following extensive sensory testing and chemical analysis, tissue samples tested indicate that crabs from these previously closed areas north of the barrier islands are safe for consumption. Testing for crab tissues includes specimens of special interest, such as those with dark gills, brought to DMR's attention by concerned fishermen and the public; all of these samples have been determined to be safe for consumption as well.
All other regulations specific to each particular fishery will remain in full force and effect.
Waters south of the barrier islands remain closed for crabbing. Samples from that area have been collected and delivered to NOAA and FDA for analysis.
Those waters will be reopened when sample results show that the crab resources in that area are safe for consumption.