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Businesses affected by algae in the Mississippi Sound can seek help

2019 shrimp season is worst Pass Christian seafood dealer has seen in more than 40 years

Jeremy Forte's family seafood business has never seen a shrimp season as bad as this year. Not only are they seeing the affects of the Bonnet Carré on the ecosystem, but the algae warnings for seafood has been detrimental to their business.
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Jeremy Forte's family seafood business has never seen a shrimp season as bad as this year. Not only are they seeing the affects of the Bonnet Carré on the ecosystem, but the algae warnings for seafood has been detrimental to their business.

Businesses along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast might be able to get federal aid if they’ve suffered economic losses due to toxic blue-green bacteria in the water.

News outlets are reporting on the process that could enable Small Business Administration loans to affected businesses.

At least five businesses from each affected county have to show they’ve suffered substantial economic injury. Gov. Phil Bryant could then make an Economic Injury Declaration, triggering federal loans to businesses that can’t pay ordinary expenses because of a disaster.

A harmful cyanobacteria bloom fed by pollution from the flooded Mississippi River has plagued the state’s Gulf Coast, where beaches have been under an advisory warning people not to have contact with the water. Popularly known as blue-green algae, it can cause rashes, vomiting and diarrhea.

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