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Dec 28, 2012 4:12 PM by AP

2 oyster reefs closing Saturday

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources will close two more oyster reefs on Saturday because of rising waters on the Pearl River.

In a news release, MDMR officials say the rising water from rainfall could affect the quality of water coming into contact with the oyster reefs.

The areas are closing at 4 p.m. Saturday. The reefs will remain closed until water sample results meet the management plan criteria.

Officials say the management plan helps ensure the quality of oysters and protect the public health. Three areas were closed Dec. 19 for the same reason and have not re-opened.

One area includes Square Handkerchief reef and southern portions of Henderson Point Reef. The second area includes southern portions of the Pass Christian Reef.

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