ALARM: “Size and MILKY-RED color” of algae bloom stuns aerial surveyors; State official worried

Monday, August 16, 2010
By Paul Martin

FloridaOilSpillLaw.com
August 16th, 2010

The Times Picayune reports, “Although
small algae blooms have been reported by fishers for several weeks,
environmentalists searching for remnants of the BP oil spill last week
were alarmed by the size and color of the mass stretching across the
Breton-Chandeleur area.”

LSU scientists who analyzed samples of the “algae bloom that looked like dispersed oil” said there was “no clear link to the oil disaster.”

The article reviews the reactions of wildlife experts who observed the massive blooms:

Harry Blanchet, coordinator of coastal fisheries programs for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries was worried by the unusual size of the algae bloom that “stretches from the Bird’s Foot delta east across Breton and Chandeleur sounds, and even infects some of the river passes.”

“Its size and milky-red color stunned National Wildlife Federation staffers last weekend who were flying over the area checking for signs of BP’s oil.”

Read the full report here.

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