April 11, 2024

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

Shellfish growing waters closed


CONTACT: Nan Steedley, (251) 433-2428
(251) 331-0651 (Cellular)

The Alabama Department of Public Health has closed shellfish growing waters in Mobile County. Areas II and VII are closed. This includes Portersville Bay and Grand Bay.

The order by State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris closed harvesting on April 11, 2024. The order is issued as a result of possible bacteriological contamination of the oyster beds due to recent rainfall. 

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 Nan Steedley, ADPH, at  (251) 433-2428 or (251) 331-0651.



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