This Spring brings news not about love in the air, but oil in the Gulf of Mexico.
We’ve come to the second anniversary of the tragic BP oil spill and the ramifications are still revealing themselves.
The latest is lesions and missing eyeballs from fresh catches off the coast. According to news investigations and passionate work done by the Louisiana State University’s Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, these deformities are unheard of.
“There is lots of circumstantial evidence that something is still awry,” said Christopher D’Elia, dean of Louisiana State University’s School of the Coast and Environment. “On the whole, it is not as much environmental damage as originally projected. Doesn’t mean there is none.”
“I don’t see this changing the ecosystem of the north-central Gulf,” says George Crozier, former director of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, south of Mobile, Alabama, “I don’t see it tipping something into catastrophe.”
The consequences of the limbless crustaceans leave scientists scratching their heads over correlation and causation, fishermen having to sacrifice themselves with longer trips, and us in fear of shrimp scampi.
“Some of the things I’ve seen over the past year or so I’ve never seen before,” said Will Patterson, a marine biologist at the University of South Alabama and at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. “Things like fin rot, large open sores on fish, those were some of the more disturbing types of things we saw. Different changes in pigment, red snapper with large black streaks on them.”
So, tell us, why are you concerned or unconcerned about U.S. seafood? would you eat eye-less shrimp??