Oil & Oysters–An Ugly Sight

Aug 08, 2010

My previous post discussed the decimation of Louisiana’s oyster reefs caused by the state’s release of fresh water from the Mississippi River to push the oil slick off its coastline. That’s one of the biggest tragedies that has ever befallen America’s oyster industry. But in some places, the oil is having a direct impact. These photos are from Ben Moore, the ranger at Horn Island, a barrier island off the Mississippi coast that is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. Horn Island is designated Wilderness, defined by Congress as “An area where the Earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man … it must generally appear to have been affected primarily by the forces of nature, with the imprint of man’s work substantially unnoticeable.”

Sadly, that is no longer the case, as these photos attest.

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