Area fisherman says "They need to be exposed"
Two weeks ago a recreational fishermen with decades of experience in local waters "discovered just how big the mess is on the first day he struck out to drop a line in the water since the fishing ban was lifted," reported the Pensacola News Journal.
The report adds, "After a day of fishing in several areas of [Pensacola Bay] on Wednesday, his boat, anchor and cast net were covered in oil."
In 20 feet of water, he pulled up anchor, "And it looked like it had black mud on it. I reached down to try to wipe it off and it was all greasy, like greasy sand."
Yet, the PNJ notes that the head of BP’s cleanup operation in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, Scott Piggott, said "the reports from fishermen about finding oil often are not reliable" -- "I've heard accounts of people who hold up their anchors that have this black stuff on it... I can't tell you how many times we've gotten reports from fishermen with sightings of sheen and oil. Ninety-nine percent of the time, these reports turn out to be organic material."
The veteran fishermen said this statement "sounds typical... BP is really counting on that out-of-sight, out-of-mind thing. It's there and they know it... They need to be exposed and made to do something about it."
For more information on the recent findings in the Pensacola, FL area see: Documents show tons of submerged oil being removed by the bucket full from Pensacola coast — Feds, BP still in public denial