Expert: BP spill likely cause of sick Gulf fish - CBS News, August 15, 2011:
More than a year after the largest oil spill in U.S. history, researchers studying the Gulf of Mexico are finding that more fish are sick, and they're trying to figure out exactly why. [...]
"I don't think we'll be fishing in five years," [Lucky Russell, a commercial fisherman] said. [...] "Everybody is worried," Russell said. [...]
Jim Cowan, professor of oceanography at Louisiana State University, has analyzed many of these diseased fish.
"When one of these things comes on deck, it's sort of horrifying," Cowan said. "I mean, there these large dark lesions and eroded fins and areas on the body where scales have been removed. I'd imagine I've seen 30 or 40,000 red snapper in my career, and I've never seen anything like this. At all. Ever." [...]
"This whole issue seems to be centered between Galveston and Panama City..." Cowan said. "In fact, almost 50 percent of the red snapper that we caught on some of these reefs had had these secondary infections." [...]