Seafood Sampling for BP Spill Contaminants – East Bay and Beyond


The LMRK crew, and Deputy Director of Waterkeeper Alliance Marc Yaggi, traveled from Venice, LA down the MS River through South Pass, East Bay, and Southwest Pass. LMRK continues tissue sampling to better understand the state of the health of the organisms, especially those typically fished and consumed in the Mississippi river basin post oil spill disaster. Our trip today included passing through what can only be considered and oil and gas graveyard consisting of long neglected wells and infrastructure. Along the way we saw BP Cleanup workers in on a beach in East Bay with birds in direct proximity to contaminated area (photo below).

Highlights: Caught and returned a virtual ton of mullet, blue crabs and some select shrimp. A bonus was seeing a pair of coyote at sunset.

Leaving Venice LaPaul being interviewed by Marc YaggiCoastal birds with BP cleanup workers in the backgroundDeteriorating oil and gas industry infrastrutureBlue CrabMullet caught in a cast net by MichaelStopped off at a cut to catch some fishWild Coyote at SunsetThe day ended well past sunset.

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