February 18, 2016

State of Alabama
Press Release: Public Health, Alabama Department of

Oyster growing areas opened


CONTACT: Ron Dawsey, (334) 206-5375K
(334) 850-5115

Acting State Health Officer Dr. Thomas M. Miller announced today the reopening of portions of Areas I and II of Mobile Bay that were temporarily closed to the harvesting of oysters on Nov. 16, 2015. This includes Portersville Bay, Grand Bay and Heron Bay. The order was effective at 10 a.m., Feb. 18, 2016.

All public oyster reefs are managed by Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Marine Resources Division (MRD) for harvest. Catchers are reminded to check with MRD for information regarding areas open for harvest.

The Alabama Department of Public Health will continue to monitor bay waters and shellfish to ensure bacteriological safety.

For additional information concerning the opening, contact Ron Dawsey, Alabama Department of Public Health, in Montgomery at (334) 206-5375 or (334) 850-5115.



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