St. Bernard Parish president reports up to 15,000 dead fish floating near boom — “Oil in the area”; State officials say
August 23rd, 2010
State authorities say fish kill in St. Bernard Parish waters likely caused by low oxygen levels, Times Picayune, August 23, 2010:
The fish were found Sunday afternoon, floating near boom that had been deployed in the area to catch oil from the BP oil leak, and washed up on the shoreline, St. Bernard Parish government said in a news release.
“Different species were found dead including crabs, sting rays, eel, drum, speckled trout, red fish, you name it, included in that kill,” St. Bernard Parish President Craig Taffaro said.
Taffaro said there was oil in the area…
[Also] a thick, orange substance with tar balls and a “strong diesel smell” was located Monday morning around Grassy Island, the news release said. Skimmers were dispatched to the area.