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For the Fourth

By: seawitch1261, 6:53 PM GMT on June 28, 2010

Please consider buying USA Gulf of Mexico shrimp. The shrimp that are being caught in the Gulf of Mexico are safe to eat. The waters are tested by every imaginable state and federal authority, from the EPA to the state's Department of Environmental Quality. When the few boats that are still shrimping and not working in the Vessels of Opportunity bring their catch in, the FDA is there testing to make the shrimp have been contaminated. Many shrimp processors are using outside testing facilities to make sure the shrimp are safe to eat.

In short, the Gulf of Mexico shrimp and seafood out in the market have more regulations and safeguards in place than the oil industry appears to have.

Please, this Fourth of July, boil some USA Gulf of Mexico shrimp or have some crabs.


Barton's Apology

By: seawitch1261, 6:30 PM GMT on June 20, 2010

When Republican Joe Barton apologized to BP's Tony Hayward, I was outraged. His apology reeks with what is wrong with those who adovacte for deregulation. I guess they don't want the "small people" to be protected against corporations.

Barton needs to be kicked off the energy committee now.



By: seawitch1261, 10:53 PM GMT on June 16, 2010

I finally get to help in a small way to help the wildlife harmed by the oil spill. The Pascagoula River Audobon Society called me just a little while ago to help with data entry and entering data on July 2.

It makes feel good. I love the beaches and marshes here along the Mississippi Gulf Coast and want to help.


Booming Business

By: seawitch1261, 7:15 PM GMT on June 11, 2010

Today, boom is being placed in Biloxi Back Bay. I think it's a little late. The water has a red tinge and some of the marsh grass appears to be dying.


A Walk on the Beach

By: seawitch1261, 5:52 PM GMT on June 10, 2010

I posted this on blogger Tuesday after I took photos:

My governor, Haley Barbour, keeps trying to insist that the oil spill is no big deal for the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Sure, we haven't seen the thick sludge hitting the shores of Louisiana. But as soon as the winds and tides are right, it seems like it is inevitable.

The oil is impacting the life of the creature that call the shoreline and the Gulf home. The air does not have that sweet clean smell along the beach. The oil smell, can at times be stifling. No longer do fresh breezes come from offshore. instead, the air smells stale. It is hard to describe really. It doesn't have that salty tang anymore.

Along the shore, there doesn't seem to be the same number of birds that where there in April. Even accounting for birds that are nesting, the numbers seem far fewer. I counted myself lucky yesterday when I saw four black skimmers, one pelican, an osprey, a handful of sea gulls, and a handful of plovers and sand pipers.

The beach also seems to have more dead animals. I see dead horse shoe crabs frequently. dead fish are more than normal. And I saw a dead baby stingray.

The area where the sand meets the water is being stained red.

There are fewer tourists. The situation does warrant the attention is giving the Gulf Coast area. People died when the well first exploded. People's livelihoods are threatened. Those that make their living fishing and shrimping are already having to deal with less income and a very uncertain future.

How many years or decades will it take to clean-up this mess? The Gulf of Mexico is being turned into a vast dead zone.

I feel a sense of sadness and bewilderment from the attitude of Governor Barbour. He did a stellar job after Hurricane Katrina so his nonchalance at what is awaiting the shoreline defies belief. Instead of going on picnics in New York City he should be meeting with President Obama.

But Barbour is hardly the only Mississippi politician I'm angry at. Congressman Gene Taylor sent me an email the other day. He's up for re-election and I guess he's feeling threatened by the opposition. His email did not say one thing about the oil spill. It show-cased the defense contracts he brought to Mississippi.

The uncertainity of the future because of the oil looming off the shore is more threatening than the rebuilding wefaced after Hurricane Katrina. You know how to prepare and you know how to rebuild.

How can a vast dead zone be brought back to life?



By: seawitch1261, 1:29 PM GMT on June 07, 2010

While oil covered are starting to appear on Mississippi beaches and more tar balls keep washing ashore from Waveland to Petit Bois Island, my governor, Haley Barbour decided his time was better spent at a picnic in New York instead of meeting with the President and other state governors regarding the oil spill.

Am mad as heck!!!! Barbour did so good after Katrina and now he seems to be playing politics while the lives of thousands along the Mississippi Gulf Coast have been severely impacted by the oil spill.


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