The Alabama Department of Public Health has closed shellfish growing waters in Baldwin and Mobile counties.
Authorities say Areas I, II, III, IV, V and VI are closed and includes Cedar Point, Portersville Bay, Heron Bay and Dauphin Island Bay.
The order by Acting State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris closed harvesting as of 3 p.m. Monday. It was issued as a result of possible bacteriological contamination of the oyster beds due to recent rainfall. Officials said Wednesday that harvesting will resume as soon as the areas meet acceptable bacteriological criteria.