Pascagoula crews respond to fish kill; advise residents to use caution

Published: Dec. 12, 2015 at 7:48 PM CST
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - The City of Pascagoula is warning residents to use caution around dead fish washing up along shorelines.

According to a release, officials are in contact with the Department of Marine Resources regarding the fish kill related to the recent algae bloom in the Gulf.

Pascagoula crews responded to reports of the dead fish early Saturday morning, and plan to remain on stand-by in the event additional incidents occur.

City officials released the following statement:

"DMR is currently advising people that  this event is not the same as a fish jubilee and that any fish found dead should not be consumed. Fish that have been caught alive, however, are safe. The algae conditions that caused the fish kill have been reported to cause skin, eye and respiratory irritation. It is advisable to wear gloves and a mask if handling fish. If symptoms worsen, stay away from the source and wash thoroughly."

Anyone with questions or concerns may contact DMR at 228-374-5000.  Residents are asked to report any 'significant localized problems' to the Pascagoula Police Department at 228-762-2211.

Copyright 2015 WLOX. All rights reserved.