Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Comment Bump: Have their been any "independent" seafood tests?

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "The Big Fix Presser":

"Cheesing out"?


I have a basic question: are there any independent (you know, I mean not paid for by anyone remotely influenced by the $$$ or politics of it either way) scientific reports on say a random sampling of oyster poboys or seafood gumbos, or raw or boiled seafood of any kind, from various restaurants or seafood stores?

That does or does not exist, is or is not possible?

The answer is yes and their is great cause for concern:

BP Oil Spill Seafood Sampling Project Results Overview


Alkylated PAHs were and continue to be detected in aquatic seafood species from the wetlands and estuaries along the Louisiana coast from Atchafalaya Bay eastward to the Louisiana/Mississippi border.


Oyster samples have contaminated with up to 8,815 to 12,500 mg/kg Oil Range Organic Petroleum Hydrocarbons.  The oyster samples have also contained up the 4 Alkylated PAHs, Fluoranthene, Naphthalene, Phenanthrene, and Pyrene in concentrations of 1.4 to 63 ug/kg.

Blue Crab

Blue crab samples have contained up to 2,230 to 3,583 mg/kg Oil Range Organic Petroleum Hydrocarbons and up to 4 Alkylated PAHs, Fluoranthene, Naphthalene, Phenanthrene and Pyrene in concentrations from 84.6 to 162 ug/kg.


Shrimp samples have contained up to 8,356 mg/kg Oil Range Organic Petroleum Hydrocarbons and 5 Alkylated PAHs, Anthracene, Fluoranthene, Naphthalene, Phenanthrene and Pyrene up to 69.4 ug/kg.


A mussel sample was contaminated with 6,900 mg/kg Oil Range Organic Petroleum Hydrocarbons and the Alkylated PAHs Anthracene, 2-Methylnaphthalene, Naphthalene, and Phenanthrene at a total concentration of 386 ug/kg.

Fish, Crab and Snail

Samples of fin fish, fiddler crab, hermit crab and snail contained up to 21,575 mg/kg Oil Range Organic Petroleum Hydrocarbons and the Alkylated PAH Phenanthrene.

The problem is that any independent testing is dismissed as non-scientific and simply not recognized by regulatory agencies as "valid". Once again...I believe the government and regulatory agencies have lied to us in order to help cover up the impact of the spill.

You must put your trust in the Ministry of Seafood and Propaganda.  

Seriously, whether or not you eat the seafood...it's up to you.  I just ask that you understand the risks and listen to those voices who have seen this type of tragedy before.  Let them speak as to whether or not you can trust your government:


Anonymous said...

Thank you, thank you, gotta love it when someone backs with facts. Much appreciated. I will read this and circulate it.

Anonymous said...

My mother talked to me on the phone about this.

She lives miles and miles and miles away from the Gulf Coast. She lives on the Great Plains, in a place where the sky is so big you can see the rain that will arrive in two days as it falls on some other little town far away.

She listens to the radio as she drives her old Ford along mile after mile of straight-line two-lane road, past Mount Zion Church and Living Waters Church and Walmart after motherfucking Walmart.

BP ads about the wonders they are doing in the Gulf weird her out.

The ads have been steady on the airwaves for over a year now, the voices of fishermen and townspeople speaking with familiar accents, but saying words no one she knows in Louisiana would ever say.

"Do they know?" she asks me.

"Do people know the extent of the propaganda culture they are living in, or have they blotted that out?"

Is the spin so constant and chronic they don't see it?

She has a sense that she might see things more clearly from far away.

The ads break in on the big quiet of the Prairies, and in that simple place they seem clumsy, overproduced, a cheap lie, easy to see through.

You just can't release that amount of oil, and then dump a Vietnam war's worth of chemicals on a place, and have it remain what it was.

It is done. It's over.

Much of the starlight we see is from stars that died years ago.

The Gulf Coast of her past and of her imagination glows for her, a starlight of memories.

But her voice on the line is worried about her nieces' ovaries, and her sense from outside is that those still living in the Gulf are like the famous "mother with a dead child" Kathe Kollowitz drew, tense with love and longing, yearning for the moments just before things ended.

It is one thing to go down with the ship. It is quite another to pretend that the ship is just fine.

djpoptart said...

Of all the shocking bad messed-up stuff that has happened in Southeast Louisiana since 2005, the scariest to me is the mass delusion that it is our moral duty as citizen consumers and cultural economy boosters to eat poison seafood and enthusiastically encourage others to do so.

It's okay to admit that it's not okay, y'all. It's unbearably horrible, sad, and painful, but not facing the reality of the situation isn't going to make it go away.

Lightning K said...

I appreciate the data (particularly considering the unimpeachable source), but I don't understand the significance of the measurements. Is there any analysis as to what these numbers mean?