PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - A Pass Christian seafood dealer is facing fines after he was found guilty of possessing unrefrigerated and illegal oysters on Thursday. Mississippi Department of Marine Resources spokesperson Melissa Scallan said Quy Huu Nguyen has 30 days to pay $858 in fines after DMR patrol officers discovered he was selling illegal oysters in Bayou La Batre, AL.
Scallan said investigators discovered Nguyen was shucking and packaging unrefrigerated oysters outside of his home in Pass Christian in January. DMR Chief of Marine Patrol Keith Davis said Nguyen shucked and sold 90 sacks of illegal oysters in 30 days.
DMR officials said raw oysters can contain bacteria that are a health hazard for people with weak immune systems.
"We want our residents to buy local Gulf seafood, but they need to purchase it from reputable, certified dealers in order to protect themselves and the industry," said Scallan.
Davis said Nguyen has a license to be a seafood dealer and processor, but he failed to become certified for sanitation by the DMR.
"I want to commend our officers for their diligence in this investigation," Davis said.