Dispute: Shrimper’s nets covered in liquid oil — Official says no, it’s gooey unweathered tar (VIDEO)

Oiled shrimp nets, WEAR ABC 3, January, 7 2011:

Patti [owner of Joe Patti's Seafood] says a friend with a shrimping boat is working for NOAA in that area and told him his nets came out of the water covered in oil.

"He was in 1,225 feet of water and one side was loaded with oil the other side didn't have any oil it had some tarballs in it and a few shrimp. ..."

But NOAA's seafood safety manager says Patti's claims are exaggerated. Doctor John Stein told me the shrimping nets were covered in an abnormally high number of unweathered gooey tarballs but that it technically wasn't liquid oil.

"I don't know how they come across with all this bologna I'm mean we all want the problem to go away, but I want the oil to go away, not just the problem."

Patti says his friend has no reason to lie to him...

4 comments to Dispute: Shrimper’s nets covered in liquid oil — Official says no, it’s gooey unweathered tar (VIDEO)

  • Again, the powers-that-be show themselves for the devious people they are. I'd listen to the fishermen and shrimpers before I let anyone else, or agency, tell me the seafood is safe to eat.

    I'd eat at the restaurant owned by Joe Patti anytime. It's good to know that there are those who are honest and who circumvent the difficulties in procuring the red shrimp that is not toxic. Joe Patti has done that.

    Wish I could get down there and pig-out on the seafood!

  • soozla

    It's called "stonewalling". Kinda bold how they just look a person in the eye and lie...isn't it?
    And the chem composition of this 'weathered tar"? It fact is.. there is oil and oil-corexit mix in various stages of or lack of dispersal.And there is a lot of it.......

  • soozla

    Send this around friends... to anyone that will listen.

  • $_$

    Oil on one side but not the other? Patti is mega rich and is losing business. And on the other coast, Mike Savage and other diners in San Fran Bay area found their shrimp smelled like fuel oil. Have a nice day.

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