Deepwater Disaster Impacts: Fisheries

by Bill Chameides | June 4th, 2010
posted by Erica Rowell (Editor)

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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?

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  1. David White
    Jun 17, 2010

    Like all large ecological pertubations the huge oil leak will have short and long time effects on the biogeochemical cycles of the gulf. It will also change the careers of all who study the gulf. We do not know which species will thrive, die, become extinct, adapt or migrate, etc. What we do know is that the gulf as we knew it is no more and that all the politics aside the resiliency of life will assert its self but probably not as man wishes. Look at what has happened to the Mt. Saint Helen eclogy since 1980.

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