Sunday, September 19, 2010
Rebound & Recovery
9:57 am cdt
Hello everyone ... I have lots of news to share with you! Both good news and bad news ...Good
: The well is killed!
is oil still out there!
There is a great article from National Geographic on a couple of studies funded by the NSF
(National Science Foundation). Here are the links: Why the Gulf Oil Spill Isn't Going Away
and the videoBaby Blue Crab Research in Mississippi
What they are saying is that there is still oil out there in the envionment and it is still affecting many animals.
According to National Geographic, there's some encouraging news from the Gulf. As a comparison, during the 1989
Exxon Valdez oil spill,3,100 marine mammals and more than a hundred thousand birds succumbed in Alaska's Prince William Sound.
By contrast, more than a thousand turtles, 70 marine mammals, and 4,000
birds have died so far from the Gulf oil spill, according to NOAA. (See "Gulf Oil Spill Pictures: Birds, Fish, Crabs Coated.")
Now, my question is, those numbers are from the past
few months, but what about the fish kill in Plaquemines Parish last week??? http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/09/100916-fish-kill-louisiana-gulf-oil-spill-dead-zone-science-environment/
Some scientists say that it was a 'normal' late summer fish kill due to low oxygen levels and the run off from the Mississippi
River. Okay, I get that. But could the massive low oxygen levels be due to the oil spill? Methane gas is another by
product of the spill. Microbes love to eat the stuff, and will help clean up the environment naturally (Read more about how nature is fighting the oil spill.)Researcher Samantha Joye says: "While methane is less toxic than oil and breaks down faster, bacteria still need oxygen
to degrade it—creating another oxygen sink in the system."
Soooo, more methane &
oil in water + hungry bacteria= lower oxygen levels = MASSIVE FISH KILLS!!!!
I believe that the environment
will rebound & recover. I believe we need to keep researching the impact on the wildlife. It is all connected; we are
all connected. Let's keep learning more and asking questions so we can react better in the future.
Some more good
news - because the fish have gotten a break this summer, they are hungry!!!!! Many of the fisheries have reopened and many
more are being tested for safety. If you get a chance, bring a kid fishing!!!!!!