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Old 05-14-2011, 05:28 PM   #31
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This is Heather from the front page you guys are talking about. I know that article sounds scary but I am not so sure it's an issue for food consumption and human health. There aren't enough tests to verify. The testing I do is on the organs which no one eats- well don’t put them in a stew.. . Our bodies are designed to metabolize small amount of toxins and we are fine. Fish organs collect the toxins to metabolize, I hav'nt seen anything in the meat yet. In my opinion only, if a tourist comes in and eats a filet of fish or a dozen of oysters and leaves I truly believe the average body will metabolize what they ate. The exposure limits are the concern here, the local person who eats bottom dwelling or filter feeding organisms on an ongoing basis may have health effects demonstrated in other oil spill areas. If you’re a once a month gumbo eater, I really wouldn’t be too concern, if you eat this everyday, I would take caution. Right now my advanced tests are finding oil in the organs. Not pure oil but “metabolized” pertroleum hydrocarbons. These tests to me match the biological observations of the marine life I am seeing in the water. It doesn't mean fish are bad to eat. Commercial fishermen are smart, it's their reputation and license on the line, they aren't going to sell lesioned fish. They are going to retreive the fish in clean and open Gulf areas. It's commom sense though, if you see lesions on your fish, don't eat it. I wouldn't suggest eating Bay fish close to the submerged sites either. The Bay is more enclosed and less flushing than the Gulf.

Like I said there isn't enough data these tests cost $120 plus shipping. Some people fund this privately..So there is some data with the right tests but not enough to say fish are bad. I don’t think the mystery is solved yet but articles like this show pieces of the puzzle. I have never seen a lesioned fish I hope I have given you some insight. Once again don't let this article scare you.

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Old 05-14-2011, 05:43 PM   #32
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Iam sure the fish are perfectly safe to eat i eat gulf fish on a regular basis, like she said there not going to sell a sick fish, it has to go threw the commercial guys first then the fish house witch fish are packed intoo boxes one at a time then it has to go threw the hands of the seller then too the markets, these sick fish are all pulled too the side and discarded and sent off to labs not to restaurantsas for oysters i have no opinion, i would be more worried about eating imported fish raised in poop water..
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Well, when everyone can say positively, "The fish ARE safe to eat", opposed to saying "I'm sure, I think, I believe or I heard" the fish are okay to eat. Then that's the day my family and I will return to eating Gulf seafood. Not a day before !!!!!
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Well, when everyone can say positively, "The fish ARE safe to eat", opposed to saying "I'm sure, I think, I believe or I heard" the fish are okay to eat. Then that's the day my family and I will return to eating Gulf seafood. Not a day before !!!!!
I second that because your body unlike the report above is not supposed to process toxins, that is why there are more cases of cancer and other diseases each and every year.
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Thank you for the report Heather. Glad that you are monitoring.
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A marine biologist did not write that post. Im calling BS on this one. Its a grammatical nightmare.
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You just said it "she is a marine biologist". Not an English professor.
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Old 05-15-2011, 01:21 AM   #38
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my post are always a grammatical nightmare...its not that bad i only found 6 misspelled words
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Old 05-15-2011, 05:30 AM   #39
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lol thanks a lot guys lol.. Yes, especially in a quick blog, I am a grammatical nightmare. I certainly do not claim to be perfect, especially in writing. lol That's OK, correct me (if you have that kind of time), it keeps me alert Five O- I can't say the fish are safe or not- there really are not enough tests. It's good to err on the side of caution but if you eat it once in a while (like once a month) I wouldn't be concern- (NOT THE ORGANS). If you love fish and eat it everyday, well,I am not sure I would suggest or approve just yet. Oysters- lol like CatHunter- no comment. I would stick which Appalachiacola oysters for now. The agencies need to test out of State criteria and so there is more data on what's really going on. Cost is a factor and it took a while to figure out the RIGHT test to use. Anyone can test for oil but the results are different if you don't know WHAT to test for. Over 17 years research experience told me if the test do not fit the biological observations do differnt tests.. Which I did. Please remember like us, if the organs are overloaded with toxins then other areas of our bodies are affected, which may be where the lesions come from. Also, location is a big thing, are these fish from a bad area? I am curious if the lesions on these fish are an isolated case or if they are prevalent all over the Gulf. Has anyone seen any odd growths on the fish? I think when June comes around for recreational snapper season we may discover more information. Like I said commercial fishermen are smart and for their own reputation, they aren't going to sell bad fish. Also, could this be a BP claim set up? I don't rule out BP claims and some fishers finding bad fish in bad locations for that purpose. So I am cautious on this lesioned fish scare. Hamhands feel free to check my grammar. (Just kidding)

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Old 05-15-2011, 10:43 AM   #40
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With all the bullshit washing down the Mississippi River, out into the Gulf, the BP oil spill may be the least of our worries...... With all the testing going on in the Gulf, there should be a great baseline to see what a major flood does to the Gulf, you would think!


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