Just in time for the weekend an update on Mr. Oyster from the Alabama Department of Public Health:

Portions of Mobile-area coastal waters that were closed to oyster harvesting on July 20 have been reopened.

The announcement from State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris was effective as of 10 a.m. Thursday. The ADPH had closed Area II of Mobile Bay-area waters due to water sample testing that showed unacceptable levels of bacteria.

Area II covers Portersville Bay, a body of water south of Coden whose features include the mouth of West Fowl River. It lies on the north side of the Mississippi Sound, opposite Dauphin Island.

The July 20 closure did not affect any waters inside Mobile Bay itself.

For more updates on public health notices, visit the Alabama Department of Public Health website.

Article Updated July 26 at 11:50 p.m.

Planning a summer ending fishing trip or just going to chill out and eat seafood this weekend? Best to know what is going on with health alerts about shellfish and news about what you won’t be allowed to bring on to the boat this weekend. Check the links below if you don’t already know.