MISSISSIPPI SOUND (WLOX) - More fish, crabs, and shrimp are washing ashore in Harrison County. The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources said it's happening because a jubilee is occurring in the Mississippi Sound.
Fish and crustaceans started appearing near shore Wednesday morning. The DMR confirmed a jubilee was happening Wednesday after scientists analyzed water samples.
"A jubilee occurs when the water is extremely warm and the waters are calm with very little wind, causing the oxygen levels in shallow water to drop to lethal levels" said Matt Hill, director of MDMR's Finfish Bureau. "This will continue as long as these conditions exist."
DMR officials said seafood collected during the jubilee is safe to eat, but people should still use caution.
"Currently our samples don't indicate that there are toxins present in the water, so the seafood likely is safe," Hill said. "However, the seafood still should be handled, stored and cooked properly. Also, if any seafood is dead, and it looks like it's been dead for awhile, it's best not to eat it."
Hill said people need to remember they must have the proper license to possess seafood, and all possession and size limits still apply to seafood picked up on the beach. DMR Marine Patrol officers have been walking the beach to make sure these regulations are followed.