Officials from the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) voluntarily "took oyster fishermen out on the reefs off the Pass Christian Harbor on Wednesday to give them a preview of what to expect from the upcoming oyster season," according to Biloxi's Sun Herald.
What did they find? "An abundance of empty oyster shells... DMR officials dredged for oysters and pulled up catches with about 80 to 90 percent of the oysters dead," the paper reported.
- "There have been more oyster mortalities this year, but he doesn’t know whether it can be attributed to the BP oil spill."
- "We don’t have any evidence that oil has contributed to these mortalities"
- "I'm not as encouraged about this season as I'd like to be."
- "The weather this summer may be a cause of the oyster deaths, he said."
- "We've had an unseasonably hot summer."
According to the report, "Some fishermen suspect the oil is a cause for the amount of empty oyster shells dredged up on the DMR trip" :
- Oyster dredger Loe Nguyen: "We’ve lost this season... It's bad news for the oyster fishermen."
- "Oyster dredger Minh Tran said it was the first time he’s seen a season like this. He’s been in the oyster business for 10 years."