Six Months, Five Shrimp, and One Nasty Mess: Health & Seafood Safety Concerns from BP Spill Still Linger in Gulf Today, Gina Solomon, Senior Scientist, NRDC, October 18, 2010:
Just last week, the Federal government reopened 2,927 square miles of the Gulf to fishing and shrimping, just South of the Mississippi Delta.
The Feds confirmed that the area was safe for shrimping by performing a “sniff test” for oil odors on five shrimp samples.
They confirmed the sniff test with three composite samples of shrimp sent for chemical testing from an approximately 1,000 square mile area.
No information was provided to the public on the size or location of the shrimping grounds or why so few chemical analyses were performed. This does not seem sufficient to assess the safety of the seafood coming out of the Gulf right now.