Jesse Anderson – Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blogger from Wisconsin

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  1. bingoman says:

    I have been discussing how Gulf Seafood has been subjected to more testing by several universities then any other US food product. Would like to put all that info into one spot but my blog is about me and art, not oil spill.

  2. Bingoman says:

    “About 80 percent of the seafood Americans eat is imported. When it comes to shrimp, the National Fisheries Institute reports that 90 percent of the shrimp consumed by Americans is imported, and 7 percent comes from the Gulf”

    Local seafood is tested more often then imported.

  3. Bingoman says:

    Scientists have tested 1,735 tissue samples including more than half of those collected to reopen Gulf of Mexico federal waters. Only a few showed trace amounts of dispersants residue (13 of the 1,735) and they were well below the safety threshold of 100 parts per million for finfish and 500 parts per million for shrimp, crabs and oysters. As such, they do not pose a threat to human health.

  4. Bingoman says:

    What most people don’t know is that most of the seafood consumed in the U.S. is actually from a foreign source. Approximately 83% of the fish consumed locally are from places like India, Brazil or China, according to statistics from the NFI. Only about 2.34% of the seafood that Americans eat comes from the Gulf.

  5. Bingoman says:

    Extensive testing of Gulf of Mexico seafood by federal scientists has found only minute traces of the dispersant Corexit, which was used to break up oil from the BP spill, officials say. About 1.8 million gallons of dispersant were applied to the waters’ surface and at the wellhead, nearly a mile undersea.

    Associated Press
    A technician tested a sample of yellowedge grouper as Commerce Secretary Gary Locke looked on last month at a lab in Pascagoula, Miss.
    Of 1,735 tissue samples analyzed, only 13 showed trace amounts of dispersant residue, in concentrations well below safety thresholds established by federal agencies. Other recent tests from federal waters reopened to commercial fishing have shown little or no detectable oil, and no samples that exceed federal safety guidelines.

  6. Bingoman says:

    Even with all the testing done, and the fact that Gulf States are very careful with what is being harvested, and fishermen are more careful then ever in history the public does not trust Gulf Seafood. The public buys imported seafood over American seafood. Imported seafood is hardly ever tested thus untested imported product is being served over rigorously tested American seafood.
    The facts are not widely reported and bogus claims of bad seafood are out there. While we suffer from loss of jobs from the recession many American jobs are lost due to a bad Public Relations effort by the seafood industry. Gulf Seafood is tested more than most all food products and people do not trust what is being said.

  7. Randomly sniffing shrimp is not adequate testing and this is how the FDA is doing it in the Gulf Region. Most contaminants cannot be seen with the naked eye let alone be detected by odor, color, or any other way. LAB testing is the only method of testing that is accurate.

  8. Sue says:

    I think you need to stick to your art.

    • Bingoman says:

      Sorry Sue but when I read all the bull posted here about Gulf Seafood and how it is spoiled, sold with sores, not tested and I know all of that is false I feel compelled to respond to the false posts. As you see you can find me. I am a real person who lives, works, eats on the Gulf Coast. Not just a name with no way of knowing who they are. Last night I had a full seafood platter at a local restaurant in New Orleans where I eat weekly. I did not see sores, or any of the things posted above in any seafood served me. I eat seafood several times per week. I shop in seafood markets several times per week. I fish, go to the docks and never see the things posted about Gulf Seafood. Defending the Gulf Coast from all the bull posted here by people who hide who they are and no one can tell who or what they are seems to be something everyone who lives along the Gulf Coast would get upset with. Correcting the anonymous posts about Gulf Seafood is something I will continue to do. And paint the swamps and coasts of my state too. Thanks for stopping in my art studio page come back to visit it and buy a print. Support the businesses along the Gulf Coast who suffered from that massive oil spill. May I suggest this print of the Louisiana Swamp-

  9. Bingoman says:


    “Thousands of tests done by state and federal agencies and universities have shown the gulf shrimp and other seafood being sold today and served from coast to coast to coast are free of any harmful levels of oil and dispersants.

    Nevertheless, a multitude of environmental activists fervently insists the impact on food from BP’s gift that kept on giving for more than three months lies just beneath the surface — and is dangerous.

    But compare those concerns to the worries about imported shrimp. The National Marine Fisheries Service says that 90 percent of the shrimp consumed in the U.S. is imported, mostly from China, Thailand, Ecuador, Indonesia, India, Mexico and Vietnam.

    “About 80 percent of the seafood we eat in the U.S. is imported, but less than 2 percent of those imports are actually inspected for contaminants like filth, antibiotics, chemicals and pathogens,” Food & Water Watch’s Cufone said.”

    • Paula says:

      Wow that’s really a lot of info Bingo-BP-man. You know so much about every detail on the gulf spill and it all points to oil spills don’t pollute the enviroment…wow that is amazing. So that’s why oil companies don’t bother researching how to prevent oil spils,l because it doesn’t matter how many tons of crude oil, by products, NORMS, flow from spills cause they never ever have any ill effects. What you say is almost hard to believe, but you seems so savy with the details, almost like you may work for BP to know sooooooo much. Well you take the wife and kids for a vacation at Orange beach, go swimming and eat plenty of seafood…..cause oil is good for you!

      • Bingoman says:

        The post you are referring to is a link to an article about how Louisiana and the Feds are testing seafood to be sure it is safe to eat. That post was in response to a post that all that was being done is “sniffing” seafood which is far from the truth. You need to read the entire thread to know what is being discussed. My point is our Gulf Seafood is safe to eat and is being fully tested. My post does not defend BP nor supports drilling off my coast. The reason I jumped in these discussions was simply to encourage the public to continue eating Louisiana and Gulf Coast seafood. The post you knock is a link in response to the post above and other posts that falsely say Gulf Coast seafood is tainted. None defend BP, off shore drilling, or any response that was made to the disaster. Possibly reading things fully will help you see that as a resident of Louisiana and a recreational fisherman in the Gulf waters that I am posting information about Gulf Seafood and that it is safe to eat. Thanks for allowing me to continue to correct mis-information about the Gulf of Mexico seafood and how it is safe to buy and eat.

        I eat Gulf Coast seafood weekly. I do not see sores on them, oil on them, nor any of the mis-information posted above. The seafood is tested, the merchants will not sell odd looking, sore infested seafood or a customer would not return. The local fisherman would not deliver to the docks bad or tainted seafood as the wholesaler would not buy it from the fisherman nor would the inspectors let it into commerce. As I am here eating and buying Gulf seafood and see none of the issues posted above then I can only assume those who posted the bull are not telling the truth, nor are they verifiable local people. So please read the entire discussion and get what is being said by whom correct.

  10. Sue says:

    This is long article but very informative. Very disturbing first hand info.

  11. beachbum says:

    Hey, Bingoman – go to Pensacola, Fl and eat some of those fishes with sores or fin rot and tell me if these fish were imported or if they passed the laboratory tests. And try to figure out why the local fisherman, who say that they have diseased fish in every catch, have chosen to hide that and not report it. Been going on for a while, it seems, and you didn’t know it. Around the Gulf Coast, we eat a lot of seafood taken from the Gulf. Panama City Beach advertizes that their seafood slept in the gulf last night. BP and the Tourist Development Commission still advertize clean air, healthy seafood, and emerald green waters. But that has changed since March and April of 2011. The illnesses are coming in now. Just wait a while. It should all clear up. Can’t wait for a hurricane to wipe the Gulf clean. Picked up a hurricane preparation booklet, but it didn’t tell me what I needed to know. How do you prepare for a hurricane with oil and dispersant spewing? Does our Emer. Mngmt. Group tells us anything? This is not business as usual. And Apalach, where the oysters were harvested (still being harvested) had dispersant in the bay. Could that have an effect on any oysters you would eat? Not me! I grew up here along the Gulf. No thank you! We know what happens when the oysters, bottom dwellers and filter feeders, and corexit dispersant oil, settled to the bottom, mixes. There is a reason why there is a warning at all Florida oyster bars to those eating raw, RAW, oysters. What kind of warning should be posted now? Will the state of Florida at least give you a modicum of warning? Not! At least warn us of a possible danger. Lots of Bay County oysters come from the waters of South Alabama, especially during off season. Does cooking; baking; roasting; stewing oysters make them free of toxins. Some, but not all. Will this be released so we can know just which toxins we choose to ingest?

    • Bingoman says:

      I live, work, and fish right here on the Gulf Coast. I eat, buy, see our seafood weekly. I have yet to see in any seafood store here the things you posted about. Gulf Coast seafood is inspected. The fisherman does not try to bring to the docks bad seafood, the wholesaler would not buy bad seafood. The seafood merchants would not stock bad seafood in their store. Customers would not buy fish that are tainted full of sores. I see seafood every week here on the Gulf Coast and have yet to see anything like you post.

      The state of Louisiana regulates the oyster beds, tests them and the oysters. They close any bed not fit to harvest. The oyster industry here has never recovered from the oil spill and flood of the Mississippi River. We have oysters from the western beds and some from Texas being sold locally. I eat them, I see them weekly. I am alive and well and so are thousands who eat the oysters in Louisiana.
      The misinformation you posted has no basis in facts. But I might add eating an oyster is a personal decision. Please if you feel that way avoid oysters and seafood but do not tell tall tales if you do not have the facts.

    • I do get the point I’m from Gulfport . That means you don’t eat the damm thing . Imported or not . For information sack it started the the poggie boats back in the late 60’s early 70’s (cat food)
      Fish 24/7 and anything in the net went in hold. destroyed the local FISHING PERIOD, BP JUST LEFT THE LID OFF THE JAR… I loved fishing at Courthouse Road. and the Harbor, broad water marina with my Grandmother and Great Aunt . It’s over!!!!!

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