Gulf Coast Waters Closed to Shrimping

(Photo courtesy Al Jazeera)     

(see also:  Gulf fisheries in decline after BP oil disaster  – Al Jazeera News)

by Joieau

Daily Kos
April 26, 2012

“We’re continuing to pull up oil in our nets. People who live here know
better than to swim in or eat what comes out of our waters.”

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources acted this
week to close waters along the Gulf Coast to shrimping amidst widespread
reports from scientists and fishermen of deformed seafood and drastic
fall-offs in populations two years after the BP oil spill.

All waters in the Mississippi Sound and Mobile Bay, and some areas of Bon
Secour, Wolf Bay and Little Lagoon were closed to shrimpers.  Reports of
grossly deformed seafood all along the Gulf from Louisiana to the Florida
panhandle have been logged with increasing urgency, but Alabama is the
first state to actually close waters to the seafood industry.

And it’s not just the shrimp.  Commercial fishermen are reporting red
snapper and grouper riddled with deep lesions and covered with strange
black streaks.  Highly underdeveloped blue crabs are being pulled up in
traps without eyes and claws…

Commercial fishers Tracy Kuhns and Mike Roberts from Barataria, LA
reported to Al Jazeera when showing samples of eyeless shrimp…

“At the height of the last white shrimp season, in September, one of our
friends caught 400 pounds of these.  Disturbingly, not only do the shrimp
lack eyes, they even lack eye sockets.”

And there’s no question that the leftover mess from BP’s disaster can
affect human health.  The dispersants BP used to ‘hide’ the extent of their
blow-out contain solvents that are notoriously toxic to people and include
known mutagens.  Pathways of human exposure include inhalation, skin and
eye contact as well as ingestion, and exposure causes headaches, vomiting,
diarrhea, abdominal pain, chest pain, respiratory system damage, skin
sensitization, hypertension, CNS depression, neurotoxic effects, cardiac
arrhythmia and cardiovascular damage.  They also cause fetal deformities
and cancer.

The FDA and EPA refused public comment, sending Al Jazeera to NOAA for
comment. Which NOAA refused to do because its investigation for a lawsuit
against BP concerning the spill is ongoing. BP, however, wasn’t so shy as
not to deliver a statement on the presence of deformed and polluted

“Seafood from the Gulf of Mexico is among the most tested in the world,
according to the FDA and NOAA, it is as safe now as it was before the

So there you have it. State officials in Alabama have taken action, and
other states need to take action to keep dangerous seafood from the Gulf
off the dinner tables of Americans.  While the feds are busy helping
British Petroleum cover up the damage they’ve done, even if it means
poisoning innocent American citizens, deforming babies, causing cancers,

Once again our government chooses to lie and do great harm to American
citizens in order to protect a foreign gigacorp from the consequences of
their criminal business practices.  Who is surprised?


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One Response to Gulf Coast Waters Closed to Shrimping

  1. Don Sack says:

    Not me