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Summer Fish Kills (1991)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1991-10-04

Duration: 00:14:20

Subjects: Environment | Fish kills | Pesticides | Agriculture | Fisheries


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Duhe, Jeff Reporter
  • O'Neill, Maureen Interviewee
  • St. Pe, Kerry Interviewee
  • Vinton, Helen Interviewee
  • Comeaux, Ronnie Interviewee
  • Smith, Don Interviewee
  • Lee, Robert Interviewee


This segment from the October 4, 1991, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Jeff Duhe’s report on the 15 fish kills that killed nearly 750,000 fish in Louisiana throughout the summer of 1991. Duhe reports that the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has determined that the fish kills were caused by pesticides. His report also touches on the concerns about the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry’s (LDAF) enforcement of dangerous pesticides. He interviews: Maureen O’Neill, DEQ Water Quality; Kerry St. Pe, DEQ biologist; Helen Vinton, pesticide commissioner; Ronnie Comeaux, the owner of Ag Aviation Company; Don Smith, ag pilot; and Robert Lee, field manager for LDAF. Host: Robert Collins