Venice fish found with lesions, sores

On one hand, it’s just too soon to discern any long-term effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster and subsequent cleanup on the health of the fisheries along the Southeast Louisiana coast and in the Gulf of Mexico.

Scientists do not have enough data collected to make blanket statements about how healthy the fish populations are and what the future looks like for Louisiana’s immense recreational and commercial fishing industry. […]

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Rig removals killing offshore habitat

Earlier this year, one of spearfisherman Terry “Papa Smurf” Migaud’s favorite oil platforms was removed. It was the Main Pass 305 platform, which Migaud said hosted “wall to wall” grouper in the winter, and large schools of amberjacks and snapper in the summer — along with a large variety of tropical fish. […]