Posted: Aug 23, 2010 5:04 PM by Chris Welty
Updated: Aug 23, 2010 5:05 PM
CHALMETTE, La. (AP) - Thousands of dead fish have been found
floating at the mouth of a shipping channel that connects the Port
of New Orleans with the Gulf of Mexico.
St. Bernard Parish President Craig Taffaro says the fish kill
was found Sunday afternoon at the mouth of the Mississippi River
Gulf Outlet, or MRGO. He says between 5,000 and 15,000 dead fish
were found, collected in pockets of boom that was deployed in the
area to block oil from the spill from the Deepwater Horizon rig.
Taffaro said Monday that the species found dead included crabs,
sting rays, eel, drum, speckled trout and red fish.
There's no word on what caused the kill. Taffaro says they
believe there's some recoverable oil in the area but can't
specifically link it to that because there's also been some
depleted oxygen issues in the area as well.
The state Wildlife and Fisheries' marine division is sampling
the water in hopes of finding a cause.