Public meeting on seafood & subsurface oil Saturday morning

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - State, federal and BP officials will hold a public meeting Saturday to answer questions about seafood safety and subsurface oil.

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR), the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA), and BP are hosting the meeting at 9:00 a.m. at the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center for the Arts and Education located at 1600 Government Street in Ocean Springs.

Representatives will provide updates on oil spill operations and to answer the public's questions concerning subsurface monitoring, seafood safety, and coastal fisheries.  The meeting will be moderated by Jackson County Board of Supervisors President Mike Mangum and Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran.

Though oyster season is closed right now, DMR said this week tests determined the oyster tissue samples showed oysters are safe for human consumption. Mississippi oyster season is closed during the summer months and typically opens in September or October All Mississippi territorial waters are now open for commercial and recreational fishing.

Mississippi waters closed to fishing the first week of June after oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster appeared in Mississippi waters.  Fishing reopened after extensive sensory testing and chemical analysis, tissue samples tested indicated fish, shrimp and crabs are safe for consumption.

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