Habitat in harm's way

By

Lisa Duchene, SeafoodSource contributing editor

Published on
August 22, 2010

No one knows how 60,000 barrels of oil once gushing daily into the Gulf of Mexico will affect future supplies of Gulf white and brown shrimp, blue crab, red snapper, oysters, redfish, mullet and dozens of other species.

Venice, La., shrimper Berlin Moreau had a bleak outlook on June 28, or Day 70 of the disaster. Unable to fish, Moreau was working for British Petroleum, towing a red boom from his trawler.

The bottom line, Moreau said from the docks — where the stink of oil had replaced the fresh, salty scent of the sea — was that oil was destroying Gulf seafood, but to what extent was anybody's guess.

"It's in all depths of the water," he said. "No doubt, it will get in the marsh and that's going to hurt wildlife right there. [The marsh] is all the breeding grounds."

To read the rest of the story on the oil disaster's impact on the Gulf ecosystem, click here. Written by SeaFood Business and SeafoodSource Contributing Editor Lisa Duchene, "Habitat in harm's way" ran in the August issue of SeaFood Business magazine.

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