It really takes minute amounts of mutagenic or tetragenic oil-chemicals to
make weirdo shrimp and killifish. Transfer through consumption requires
higher levels, although the levels in the creatures are cause for concern.
And no one seems to be talking about metals.
I like this messaging strategy, although LDWF is using FDA standards that I
/ NRDC thinks are too lax. LDWF has to both ensure safety and sell shrimp,
so their institutional bias is interesting.
LDWF outlines "how safe is safe"
Louisiana Seafood Still Safe to Eat; Average Consumer Could Eat 63 lbs of
Louisiana Shrimp, Each Day for 5 Years
An "Average" person is 140 pounds, i think.
An average person is not pregnant, nor a child themselves.
An average Gulf Coast resident can eat a lot of shrimp, yessir.
And an average person living on the bayou cooks those shrimp whole--when a
lot of the testing is done on the tails only. Many of the metabolites of
oil wind up in the colon and fatty tissues.
People on the bayou live on the water, and are the same people, often, who
worked the VOO program. So coastal communities have multiple routes of
This is the basis of the NRDC critique
and here is Miriam writing about it
On the Bayou, shrimp isn't just a food, it's a currency. so the
statistically convenient person is not a reality. The statistically
convenient person is someone who lives in a state where we're exporting
Dr. Patricia Williams at UNO (toxicologist) is also critical of the state
testing methods. She is very concerned about heavy metals, and that
there's not any or much testing for heavy metals. Arsenic, in her mind, is
the one she would pick. Arsenic can be detected via urine sample. It's
problematic, in my mind--Arsenic is in a lot of things.
She is silenced by the looming trial. But someone recorded her speaking
and uploaded it to neworleans.indymedia.org.
As someone who receives gross pictures of local sea creatures every week, i
am now wary of shrimp boils, but i still eat shrimp in restaurants and
sandwiches (when it's been prepared or fried). I'm also more than 150
pounds and not going to bear a child. I'm probably full of mercury
I also live in the city. I grew up down here. I eat gulf shrimp from
restaurants several times a week. I did my master's in shrimp fisheries;
so, really, if i stop eating shrimp, the terrorists have won. going down
with the ship.
so [watch this space]! I guess. ha.
Not Seafood, but Health related, is something that Public Labs Spectral
people would be interested in--Surfrider's ongoing attempts to detect
oil/Corexit with UV lamps.
Here's that report. the pictures are kinda freaky, because apparently the
UV is making dispersed oil fluoresce from within people's skin (who wants
to convince me it's fake? please?)
"1. The data collected confirms that Corexit dispersant mixed with crude
creates a discernible fluorescent signature when illuminated by 370nm
wavelength (UV) light.
2. The use of Corexit as a dispersant has inhibited the microbial
hydrocarbons in the crude oil and has allowed Polycyclic Aromatic
Hydrocarbons (PAH) concentration levels to consistently exhibit high
levels in excess of the carcinogenic exposure level specified by NIH and
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