Gulf Oil Spill

Here’s a very informative article about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that you may not have seen yet. Oceanographer Dr. Earle not only talks about the spill itself, but the huge daily stresses that we have been putting on this environment for years:

„We’re dealing here with an already stressed system. That’s one of the problems. There’s the large-scale fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, where trawling has been such a common means of extracting wildlife. Scraping the bottom – it’s like using a bulldozer to catch songbirds. The shrimp trawls and other systems used to catch bottom-dwelling fish, the long-lining, has reduced populations of white-tipped sharks by 99 percent. They’re basically gone. And other groups of sharks are reduced by 90 percent. The groupers, the snappers, the rays – even the shrimp are depleted. How could they not be?“

Short, to the point, packed with information about the oil spill, the „cleanup,“ and the larger picture: