Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals | Kathy Kliebert, Secretary

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Common Questions - Oil Spill

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Can I eat Louisiana seafood (oysters, fish, shrimp)?
Can it cause breathing problems?
Do odors mean there are problems with the air?
How can I tell if an oyster is contaminated by oil?
How should oil contaminated materials that may wash ashore be handled?
I can smell the oil. Is that dangerous?
I live near the coast; is my water safe to drink or bathe in?
If an oyster bed is closed, how long will it stay closed?
If I’m on the water and I notice the presence of oil, what should I do?
Isn't this just an advisory? Can I still harvest oysters for personal use?
What about swimming and boating?
What if I get oil on myself or my clothing?