Oiled crabs stoke fears spill is tainting food web
By JOHN FLESHER
AP Environmental Writer

BARATARIA, La. (AP) — To assess how heavy a blow the BP oil spill has dealt the Gulf of Mexico, researchers are closely watching a staple of the seafood industry and primary indicator of the ecosystem’s health: the blue crab.

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Gulf Health Problems Blamed on Dispersed Oil
Thursday 12 August 2010
by: Dahr Jamail | Inter Press Service | Report

Dauphin Island, Alabama – BP says it is no longer using toxic dispersants to break up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Gulf Coast residents claim otherwise, and say they have the sicknesses to prove it.

On Aug. 5, Donny Mastler, a commercial fisherman who also works on boats, was at the Dauphin Island Marina.

“I was with my friend Albert, and we were both slammed with exposure,” Mastler, told IPS, referring to toxic chemicals he inhaled that he believes are associated with BP’s Corexit dispersants. “We both saw the clumps of white bubbles on the surface that we know come from the dispersed oil.”

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