Pogies, redfish, drum, crab, shrimp, and freshwater eels float dead as far as you can see in photos taken at Bayou Chaland in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, on the west side of the Mississippi. The kill was reported to state Wildlife and Fisheries late last Friday and is reported today at NOLA.com and deadlinelive. You'll want to watch the video at Fox8. Today the water seems clear. Dead fish are visible in the marsh grass, but most of the carcasses have probably sunk or decomposed. Fish kills happen, and many are never explained. But it's worrisome when it occurs in an area that apparently was hard-hit by the oil. Also, NOAA reported last week that oxygen levels were down 20% in the Gulf, which isn't considered a steep enough drop to imperil fish. But that's out there–who knows what's going on inland in smaller bodies of water.
"Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser said he has asked Wildlife&Fisheries for a quick determination of the cause. The parish has also requested testing by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
"We can't continue to see these fish kills,'' Nungesser said in a news release. "We need some additional tests to find out why these fish are dying in large numbers. If it is low oxygen, we need to identify the cause."”