BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The Department of Marine Resources is educating commercial fishermen about the potential risk of Vibrio bacteria.
At last month's Commission on Marine Resources meeting, Commissioner Ernie Zimmerman requested the department do something to better inform fishermen about the Vibrio concerns.
Director Jamie Miller on Tuesday told the CMR that informational pamphlets are being sent to some 600 commercial fishermen. He also pointed out the DMR has added a section about Vibrio to its website. Zimmerman thanked the director for responding.
"If we can save just one life, it will be well worth it," said the commissioner.
Chief scientific officer Dr. Kelly Lucas said the education material is a good tool to better inform fishermen about the possible risk of getting ill from Vibrio. She said the number of cases of Vibrio illness is actually in line with past years. The largest spike in such cases came in the wake of Hurricane Katrina ten years ago.