Is BP Oil Spill to Blame for Massive Louisiana Fish Kill?
September 15, 2010
(ChattahBox US News)—Two massive fish kills in two months in Gulf Coast states, has residents wondering if the BP oil spill is to blame. Shocking photos depict an entire Louisiana waterway clogged with thousands of dead fish, including a dead whale. From a distance, the waterway appears to be a packed gravel road.
After millions of gallons of oil and chemical dispersants were dumped into the Gulf of Mexico, scientists are questioning whether the increase in oil-devouring microbes are depleting the waters of oxygen and causing additional dead zones.
Last month, a large fish kill was discovered in Mississippi. It’s not known if the kill can be blamed on the BP oil disaster, but “the next day, tar balls and an orange colored substance, with a “strong diesel smell” were found nearby, on Grassy Island.
Although dead zones and fish kills are a common occurrence in the steamy heat of Louisiana with nutrient-rich waters, this new fish kill has residents worried. Why? Because most fish kills affect just one type of fish, but not this time. This fish kill at the mouth of the Mississippi River, contains multiple dead species, including eel, crab and a whale.
Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser is calling for an investigation.
Photo Source: Plaquemines Parish government.