Fish Kill and BP Cover Up Confirmed on Grand Isle by Jerry Moran
In light of recent comments made by LDWF and NOAA biologists in an article on CNSNews.com that there is no evidence that ANY fish died as a result of the oil spill I feel compelled to revisit a few photos from the first days of the spill and to repost some information and photos gathered just this week by intrepid New Orleans photo-journalist Jerry Moran. Jerry found the stench of death every where on Grand Isle, and mounds of dead fish buried in the sand by BP clean up crews, just this week!!!
First, lets look at what Bo Boehringer of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said," Fish have died for seasonal related reasons, said Bo Boehringer, spokesman Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.", and “We’ve investigated fish kills, but none have yet been tied to oil impacts,”
Here are some photos from May 23rd on Grand Terre Island. We encountered MANY dead large Redfish and Black Drum that day. All of these fish were still there when I revisited the island later that week, meaning NONE had been tested by LDWF.
Now, here's a Bottle-nosed Dolphin found in the end of August by Darlene Eschete and the World Animal Awareness Society on Raccoon Island. This animal was freshly dead at the time of their report, and when we re-found it there was a small circular chunk which looked like a sample taken from the neck. Had the animal died from oil contamination it would not show up in the skin or fat, but in the lungs and internal organs. NO effort was made to test for these on this animal, and it was tagged with LDWF in florescent paint and left to rot.
I dare say that this animal should have been brought in and had a full autopsy performed on it to determine the actual cause of death. Incidents like this point to the fact that wildlife agencies charged with responding to this disaster have not lived up to expectations, and when we read that only 8,367 birds died due to this disaster we must question the reality of this number.
Now back to Grand Isle, this week!!! Reports of dead fish everywhere on Grand Isle hit the internet and social media outlets last week. They were largely Redfish and Black Drum, both bottom dwellers which are very unlikely to be affected by low oxygen levels due to warmer water.
Here is Jerry Moran's report:
"All of these images were taken October 21, 2010 in the area of Latitude 29.199 N, Longitude 90.042 W.
For the first time in a few weeks, I headed out to Grand Isle, Louisiana – primarily to document cleanup progress that has – or has not – been made since the spill response began.
Earlier in the week, I received information regarding a possible fish kill around Grand Isle, which I confirmed to be true. My first stop was the west end of the island. Upon arrival, I did not see many dead fish, but while walking along the jetties, I was hit by an overpowering stench of death and decay. Back in May, I smelled this same scent and found a mound of buried bull redfish and dolphin, so I decided to go back to that same spot to check it out.
What I found was truly indescribable visually, I had never seen so many flies and the smell nearly brought me to my knees. There were at least 40 to 60 large redfish, drum – and who knows what else – under a BP “death mound” of sand in the exact same spot that I found the decapitated dolphin and bull redfish in May.
There was also another death mound about 20 yards away closer to the beach at Latitude 29.199 N, Longitude 90.047 W. The media continues to consistently disregard or overlook these occurrences, reporting that everything is just fine in the Gulf. I know these reports are untrue, based on what I am finding six months after the spill.
Additionally, more evidence of land farming (or burying oil) on the west end of the island is seen in the images of the levee resembling the Grand Canyon rock strata, Latitude 29.195 N, Longitude 90.055 W.
Images at Latitude 29.266 N, Longitude 89.953 W are from the east end of the island behind State Park, which is still closed to the public. I couldn’t get to the beach, but I observed heavy machinery, and the constant and overpowering stench of death coming from the other side of the levee.