Huge “fish kill” in Louisiana-Natural causes or otherwise?

Near Louisiana’s Plaquemines Parish, there lies what looks like a gravel road. It’s not: It’s a waterway clogged with hundreds of thousands of dead fish, crabs, stingrays, and eel—so many that it appears solid. A dead whale was also found in the area, WWL-TV reports. “Fish kills” are fairly common along the Gulf Coast, Yahoo! News reports, often caused by sudden oxygen depletion. This one, however, is different: Usually, only one species of marine life is involved.

Though an official cause has yet to be determined and some experts cited the typical reason (low oxygen levels), some residents suspect it’s another BP oil spill side effect—the fish kill was found in an area hit hard by the spill. “Here we are, trying to get our fishing back, trying to get our seafood back and with these kind of fish kills, (it’s) going to have a lasting effect, if we don’t do something about it,” says the Plaquemines Parish president.

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4 Responses to Huge “fish kill” in Louisiana-Natural causes or otherwise?

  1. Holte Ender

    September 15, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    I’m pretty sure the creatures didn’t die of old age.

  2. fourdinners

    September 15, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Well I suppose you could just cook em as they’re oiled up already?

    Will anyone ever answer for this?


    • A Michael J. Scott

      September 15, 2010 at 7:05 pm

      Fish kills are not uncommon in the Gulf. It is oxygen deprivation based on agricultural runoff. Someone should be held responsible.