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Hancock County crews working to remove dead fish from beachfront

Officials are cleaning up hundreds of dead fish that washed ashore on Hancock County beaches. (Photo source: WLOX News) Officials are cleaning up hundreds of dead fish that washed ashore on Hancock County beaches. (Photo source: WLOX News)
Crews are cleaning up dead fish off Hancock County beaches this morning. (Photo source: WLOX News) Crews are cleaning up dead fish off Hancock County beaches this morning. (Photo source: WLOX News)
A 100 pound alligator gar found along the beach. (Photo source: Viewer submitted) A 100 pound alligator gar found along the beach. (Photo source: Viewer submitted)
HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Dead fish are littering Hancock County's beachfront Sunday morning, and cleanup teams say they've been told the deaths are linked to the red tide bloom in the Mississippi Sound

County crews spent the day digging fish off the shoreline that have washed up on the sand during the last three days; filling a dump truck.

Sunday's cleanup extended from Washington Ave. to the Silver Slipper. When crews finish, they'll return to downtown Bay St. Louis and remove any dead fish found in the area.

Additionally, a  Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality team was spotted in Waveland Sunday. Scientists have been monitoring this fish kill since the red tide algal bloom spread into Mississippi waters two weeks ago.

All coast beaches and oyster reefs have been closed indefinitely, as indicated by the red flags found along the shoreline.

The public is advised to heed warnings from officials and stay out of the water. While illness is rare, the DMR advises it is possible and can be extremely harmful to people. Those with severe respiratory conditions may experience stronger adverse reactions.

Any dead fish or birds that are found on the beach should also not be touched.

According to the Office of Marine Fisheries, seafood poses no immediate threat, however, people are only advised to eat the tissue of fish and not the organs until further notice. Additionally, any dead or distressed fish that have washed up on the shore should not be consumed.

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