Fish samples collected from coastal and offshore marine waters of the Gulf of Mexico two weeks after hurricane Katrina showed no elevated exposure to contaminants related to oil, announced the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

These results are just one part of contaminant testing of Gulf water and fish currently underway at NOAA. Additional results on potential exposure to bacteria, pesticides and other toxic chemicals will be available within days, and additional testing on shrimp samples from Mississippi Sound is ongoing.

In 2003, an estimated 87.2 billion eggs were produced in the United States.