Alabama oysters

Alabama's oyster harvest is back underway near Dauphin Island after a shutdown prompted by high water levels. 

A news release from the state conservation agency says boats resumed harvesting oysters by the sackful on Tuesday. 

The director of the Marine Resources Division, Scott Bannon, says reefs are more productive than expected, and young oysters are being left undisturbed for next year.

Boats had gathered about 9,500 sacks of oysters before health officials closed the season in late December.

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The state Department of Public Health is temporarily closing shellfish growing waters in Mobile and Baldwin County.

   In a release Monday, Jeff McCool of the Alabama Department of Public Health said waterways will close because recent heavy rainfall may have led to bacterial contamination of oyster beds.

   Impacted waterways include Cedar Point, Portersville Bay, Grand Bay, Heron Bay, Dauphin Island Bay and Bon Secour Bay.