No compounds matching COREXIT were found in the samples tests of water, sediment and fish taken in the Gulf of Paria, from La Brea to Otaheite.
So said the Environmental Management Authority and the Institute of Marine Affairs, in a media release sent a short while ago.
In the release, the EMA and IMA state that pathology tests on fish samples showed that “all body systems examined appeared grossly normal” with “no gross lesions” on the fish carcasses.
This statement comes in response to allegations from environmental activists last week, that the EMA and IMA failed to properly investigate fish kills in the Gulf, and that the oil spill clean-up chemical Corexit was responsible for the dead fish.
According to the joint IMA and EMA release, further results from the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory for internal parasites were also negative.
It continues, stating that the tests results further validate the preliminary investigation findings, giving the cause of the apparent fish kill as one of by-catch, spoilt or unwanted catch by fishing vessels operating in the Gulf of Paria.