Saturday, May 15, 2010

Oil Spill Taints Shrimp Catch in Louisiana


This photo is from a 2008 New York Times
article about Louisiana shrimpers facing
coastal erosion.
Thanks to reading notes from Robin Kemp, a poet I met through Facebook who recently attended the Saints and Sinners literary festival in New Orleans, I've learned a shrimp catch turned up oily in Terrebonne Parish. The Daily Advertiser of Lafayette, La., reports:
Oil has been found near Sister Lake, near Cailliou Lake in Terrebonne Parish. The area is just south of Houma.

Oil has been found near Sister Lake, near Cailliou Lake in Terrebonne Parish. The area is just south of Houma.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries received reports of oil from a shrimp trawler, who reported catching oily shrimp in Bayou Sauveur, near Sister Lake. LDWF staff members boarded the vessel on Saturday and observed oil on its deck and black areas on the shrimp legs and heads.

Samples have been taking for further testing to confirm if the oil is from the Deepwater Horizon spill. (Read more)
Terrebonne Parish is Cajun country, located at the bottom of the state on the Gulf Coast.

The Times Picayune posted a similar story, confirming the oily shrimp reports. Both papers cite the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries as the source of this information. Its closed Terrebonne Parish to commercial fishing, and if you visit its site, you can keep up with closures.

CBS news reports anger at the companies responsible for the spill grows as residents see livelihoods fade. Louisiana battles perception that its seafood industry is dead, and this ad from the Miami Herald suggests the Florida seafood industry will go for the kill, riding waves of concern about our seafood. WWL, a local station is running a story tonight about the battle to promote that New Orleans is safe.

A restaurant owner said most of his business is booming but customers are concerned about oysters. An official interviewed guarantees that no contaminated seafood will make to New Orleans restaurant tables.


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