Deepwater Disaster Impacts: Fisheries
by Bill Chameides | June 4th, 2010
posted by Erica Rowell (Editor)
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster is sinking the Gulf of Mexico fishery.
The oil spill still gushing into the gulf will inevitably ripple through the U.S. economy and beyond. But one of its earliest victims has been the fisher community of the Gulf of Mexico and those of us who enjoy the fruits (so to speak) of their labors.
As of Wednesday, 37 percent of the Gulf of Mexico federal fishery had been closed — the largest area yet. With the spill continuing, it’s reasonable to assume this no-fish zone will only get bigger. And so too will its economic impact on the gulf fishery. Here’s a quick look at the value of the fishery (in millions of dollars) since 2000.
Any guesses on the 2010 season?filed under: economy, ecosystems, faculty, oceans, oil
and: Deepwater Horizon, Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster, fish, oil spill