HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Harrison County Sand Beach crews are busy cleaning up a mess created by a combination of shrimpers and Mother Nature.
If you've been on the beach this week, you've probably encountered either patches of brown grass that have washed up, or dead fish. We've heard from a lot of viewers who have spotted the dead fish on the beach near Treasure Bay and Hard Rock casinos in Biloxi.
According to the Department of Marine Resources, the dead fish are coming from shrimpers in the Mississippi Sound. The fish are a bycatch for shrimpers, so they're typically tossed back overboard and end up washing ashore. Mississippi's shrimp season opened Wednesday.
As for the grass, its official name is Sargassum. A combination of rough seas and high winds bring the natural vegetation to our shores. Beach crews have been picking the stuff up for weeks. And while it's not attractive to beachgoers, it's just a normal part of the marine environment.
Sand Beach Director Chuck Loftis said crews have been working since Wednesday in preparation for a very busy tourist weekend.