Toxic Shrimp


As state and federal officials continue to open Gulf waters to fishing, we have to again point to evidence that the “all clear” is being sounded way too early.

One of the cautionary notes comes from our colleagues with the Gulf Oil Disaster Recovery team, where experts have documented that toxic chemicals remain in the water and food chain – and pose a significant health risk.

Those studies have shown that PAHs (polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons) are present in shrimp from the impacted area. And the PAHs are at levels 10 times the levels of shrimp from inland, low-impact areas. In our estimation, it may take eight months before the toxic soup has had substantial enough biodegradation to announce an “all clear” on seafood.

See press release and supporting test results here:

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Stuart H. Smith is an attorney based in New Orleans fighting major oil companies and other polluters.
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