May 16, 2019

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

Shellfish growing areas closed


CONTACT: Byron Webb, (251) 433-2428 Office
(251) 331-3447 Cellular

The Alabama Department of Public Health has closed shellfish growing waters in Area II, Mobile County. This includes Portersville Bay.

The order by State Health Officer, Dr. Scott Harris, closed harvesting as of 9:30 a.m. on May 16, 2019. The order is issued as a result of possible bacteriological contamination of the oyster beds shown on recent sampling.

The Alabama Department of Public Health will continue to monitor bay waters and the shellfish. Harvesting can be resumed as soon as areas meet acceptable bacteriological criteria.

For additional information concerning the closure, contact Byron Webb, Alabama Department of Public Health, at (251) 433-2428 or (251) 331-3447.



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