Mississippi fishermen report hauls of oil-covered shrimp during ‘seafood safety’ meeting — Official says talking about it “is hindering the recovery process”


Fishermen grill Marine Resources chief, Sun Herald, September 8, 2010:

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Others said they were finding shrimp with oil on them, but  [Mississippi Department of Marine resources chief Bill] Walker said if that were the case, he’d like to have DMR officials accompany fisherman to those areas and perform tests. ...

“For the small, but vocal group of folks that are continuing to push the idea that our waters are not safe, our seafood is not safe, that is hindering the recovery process,” Walker said. ...

Ed Cake, a biological oceanographer who was one of the featured speakers, said he disagreed with the “rosy picture” Walker was painting.

“The oil is here,” Cake said. “It is coming ashore on our beaches daily. All you have to do is ride down on the beach and see the BP workers walking up and down the beaches and picking it up. All you have to do is talk to the (Vessels of Opportunity) operators who have dragged absorbent boom on the bottom and you will know it is on the bottom of the Sound. It is in our deeper passes.”

See also:

150 shrimpers report “underwater plumes” of oil; Top official says “QUIT TALKING about it”

NOAA, FDA, Bill Walker declare MS oysters SAFE TO EAT — Aug. 20: Top marine scientist says “IMMEDIATE CAUTION” because “they take in droplets and dissolved oil”

Mississippi officials find 80 to 90 PERCENT of OYSTERS DEAD — claim NO EVIDENCE OIL CONTRIBUTED

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