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State officials say oyster season could reopen in Mississippi soon, red tide algae bloom has weakened sufficiently

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BILOXI, Mississippi — State officials say oyster season could reopen in Mississippi soon.

Joe Jewell, Department of Marine Resources director of Marine Fisheries, said Tuesday that the red tide algae bloom has weakened sufficiently that the FDA can finally test local oysters.

The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/23eaU5W) the final phase of the testing has begun. A mouse bioassay -- which uses laboratory mice to detect the level of toxins in shellfish -- is being prepared to send to a lab in Florida.

Jewell says it could be 10 to 14 days before the results are released.

Oyster season was closed Dec. 11 because of the red tide outbreak, which also was responsible for 37 large fish kills along the Coast.


Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com

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