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...