Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Study finds oysters oil-free

By Benjamin Alexander-Bloch, The Times-Picayune

Gulf of Mexico oysters consumed little, if any of the crude oil from the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill that spewed nearly half a million tons of crude oil into Gulf waters, according to a recent scientific paper. A study last year by University of New Orleans oyster biologist Thomas Soniat similarly found that oysters -- at known oil-exposed sites in Louisiana -- showed no contamination or apparent biological signs of exposure six months after the 2010 spill.
Since the oil spill, fishermen and consumers have been concerned about the status of the local fisheries, but, in terms of consumption, federal and state scientists have made clear that local seafood is safe to eat.
"As the oyster goes, so goes the entire estuary,"
EnlargeDAVID GRUNFELD / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE Capt. Pete Vujnovich and his son Pete lll and nephew Jeremy harvesting oysters aboard the oyster lugger Miss Eva in area 12 west of the Mississippi River, Tuesday May 18, 2010.Oyster Harvest gallery (21 photos)

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