Tom Bailey has recently written a wonderful book called The Complete Guide to Northern Gulf Seafood. As a life long chef, I often forget that many people dont have the same amount of knowledge that I do when it comes to all things food related so often my first reaction books such as this is to immediately dismiss it not offering up anything new, but to do so would be to miss the point entirely. Mr. Bailey offers up an encyclopedia of the most important game and commercial seafood found in the northern Gulf waters, but more than that he walks the reader through, not only purchasing and storing the seafood, but goes into detail about the proper way to clean and dress these fish, often giving a number of different options for butchering those same fish. I was impressed in the amount of knowledge Mr. Bailey stuffed into this book and found tidbits of information or tips and techniques that can even help the more experienced of us ...
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations Fisheries Service counted 36 infant dolphin strandings in February; there was just one in February 2010, and the 2002-2007 average for February is 2.2. Stranding is the scientific term for marine mammals that end up on land.. NOAA had noticed a rise in cetacean deaths even before the spill which resulted from an April 20 explosion and fire on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that killed 11 workers.. We have been monitoring an increase of dolphin deaths in the northern Gulf since February of 2010, NOAA Fisheries spokeswoman Karrie Carnes said.. The numbers of stranded (dead or alive) dolphins and whales are shocking: Against a 2002-07 average of 31.4 for January through March, there were 76 for that period in 2010 and 139 in 2011, according to NOAA.. Scientists arent jumping to conclusions about whats killing the animals. Similar unusual mortality events occur from time to time; the Gulf has seen 13 of them since 1991, said Blair Mase, ...
Scientists ran model simulations for oil evaporation based on composition measurements of fresh Macondo crude oil and weathered surface oil from Deepwater Horizon slicks.
How do these natural leaks compare with the gusher that resulted from the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform? The Department of Oceanography at Texas A&M University has worked with oil companies and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to study natural oil seeps in the Gulf of Mexico. Natural oil seeps still exist in the Gulf, and you can sometimes see evidence of them along Padre Island in the form of small lumps and larger pads of sticky, black goo. While much of the Deepwater Horizon petroleum is being recovered or burned at sea, the ongoing disaster has become by far the largest accidental oil release in U.S. history.
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In order to have a global view of ecosystem changes associated with the collapse of groundfish species in the Gulf of St.Lawrence during the early 1990s, Ecopath mass balance models were constructed in corporating uncertainty in the input data.These models covered two ecosystems (northern and southern Gulf of St.Lawrence; NAFO divisions 4RSand 4T), and two time periods (before the collapse, in the mid-1980s, and after it, in the mid 1990s). Our analyses revealed that the ecosystem structure shifted dramatically from one previously dominated by piscivorous groundfish and small-bodied forage species during the mid-1980s to one now dominated only by small-bodied pelagic species during the mid-1990s in both southern and northern Gulf.The species structure in the northern Gulf versus southern Gulf was different, which may explain why these two ecosystems did not recover the same way from the collapse in the early1990s. Productivity declined in the northern Gulf after the collapse but increased in the ...
The Coast Guard and crews working on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have decided to fight fire with fire: They announced they are trying to burn parts of the massive oil slick to keep it from reaching shorelines. Engineers said the burn would be risky, but oil continues to spill from last weeks accident site at a rate of 42,000 gallons per day.
Scientists and outreach personnel created an on-line resource that examines two major oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico: The Deepwater Horizon in the northern Gulf and the Ixtoc in the southern Gulf. Beneath the Horizonwebsite, developed by the C-IMAGE research group and Jake Price Productions, explores these spills, the people who coped with and responded to these disasters, and expectations for Read More. ...
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A year and a half since BPs Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, the government gives the oil company the okay to head back into Gulf waters.
Each week, the Freshwater Society publishes a digest of some of the best regional, national and international articles on water and the environment. Scan the articles here, then follow the links to the original sources. Estrogen linked to fish kills, study suggests Exposure to estrogen puts fish at greater risk of disease and premature death,…
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Some bacteria in the Gulf of Mexico love eating oil as much as they like infecting humans.. ***. Scientists have long known that the ultimate end of the crude oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico from the damaged BP PLC well will rest in the hands of marine bacteria, single-cell organisms that have been purging the seas of oil from natural seeps for millenia, having only recently added human folly to their cleanup resume. Without these bacteria, whose numbers surge in response to hydrocarbons, enough oil would leak each year to coat the worlds oceans in a fine film, molecules deep.. Beneath this awareness, however, sit vast reserves of uncertainty. Microbiologists are unsure which bacteria, feeding off the oil, are already growing exponentially in the Gulf. They are curious how long the bacterial growth will last once the oils hard remnants drift down into ocean sediment. And no one seems certain how the surge in microbial life will alter the intricate, disentangling web of the Gulfs already ...
Andre Gaines was among thousands of unemployed Gulf Coast residents who saw an opportunity in the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill last year. Gaines, an athletic 27-year-old from Lucedale,…
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In summer 2011, a year after bp capped its disastrous Macondo oil well in the Gulf of Mexico and the national media had moved on, the Government…
The static kill is underway. Whether it will kill, slightly impede, or merely pester BPs Macondo well remained unknown late Tuesday, as engineers and scientists at BPs headquarters in suburban Houston scrutinized pressure readings from the hole in the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.
Mote Marine Laboratory scientists found that southern flounder exposed to oiled sediment for 30 days in the lab showed evidence of stress and DNA damage, one of the latest indicators of potential impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill that continues to be studied today.
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Today BP Plc announced that it will pay $4.5 billion and plead guilty to 14 criminal charges related to the epic environmental disaster that occurred more than two years ago in the Gulf of Mexico.
Researchers analyzed bacterial communities exposed to Deepwater Horizon oil and identified taxa and genes associated with oil degradation and assimilation. The scientists found that Marinobacter and Alcanivorax dominated alkane-degrading communities, while Alteromonadales, Oceanospirillales, and Rhodospirillales dominated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH)-degrading communities. Oil-degrading bacteria exhibited genes associated with motility and nutrient uptake needed for nutrient-limiting conditions that are characteristic of oil-induced bacterial blooms. These results suggest that the degradation of oil associated with a spill requires the coordinated response of a complex bacterial community. The researchers published their findings in Nature Microbiology: Reconstructing metabolic pathways of hydrocarbon-degrading bacteria from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.. Previous studies correlated observed shifts in microbial community structures with degradation and use of Deepwater Horizon ...
Oil spill gives fish heart attacks. Scientists have cracked a cellular biology mystery underlying a harmful effect oil spills have on fish: Irregular heartbeats that can lead to cardiac arrest. In studying the effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill on bluefin tuna spawning in the Gulf of Mexico, the research team discovered that polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, block "signaling pathways" that allow potassium and calcium ions to flow in and out of cardiac cell membranes and sustain normal heart rates. Even very low concentrations of crude oil can disrupt these signaling pathways, slowing the pace of heartbeats, the researchers reported last week in the journal Science. Their study also suggests that PAH cardiotoxicity was potentially a common form of injury among a broad range of species in the vicinity of the oil spilled into one of the most productive ocean ecosystems in the world. Study leader Barbara Block, a professor of marine sciences at Stanford University, said future ...
Dispersants can be used to dissipate oil slicks.[4] They may rapidly disperse large amounts of certain oil types from the sea surface by transferring it into the water column. They will cause the oil slick to break up and form water-soluble micelles that are rapidly diluted. Then effectively spread throughout a larger volume of water than the surface from where the oil was dispersed. They can also delay the formation of persistent oil-in-water emulsions. However, laboratory experiments showed that dispersants increased toxic hydrocarbon levels in fish by a factor of up to 100 and may kill fish eggs.[5] Dispersant was used in an attempt to clean up the Exxon Valdez oil spill[4] though its use was discontinued as there was not enough wave action to mix the dispersant with the oil in the water. Dispersant Corexit 9500 was used on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Dispersant Corexit 9527 was used to disperse an oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico in 1979 (Ixtoc), used over one thousand square miles of ...
U.S. President Barack Obama (left) has approved a move to ban any new offshore oil drilling until an investigation into what caused the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that threatens to destroy U.S. coastal areas and wildlife. Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Texas are all facing potentially devastating effects from last weeks explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig. That explosion eventually sank the rig and has led to as many as 5,000 barrels of oil a day spilling into the Gulf waters and heading to the shores. Environmental experts have already said the oil spill will eclipse the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster off the Alaska coast. That spilt 11 million gallons into the water and destroyed a large portion of the wildlife in the area. At its current pace the Deepwater Horizon oil spill will eclipse the damage of the Exxon Valdez in 50 days. There has been no official word on what caused the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon and White House officials have demanded that answer be ...
Adapted abstract from Morris et al. (2015) Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Natural Resource Damage Assessment Comprehensive Toxicity Testing Program: Overview, Methods, and Results.. The Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill released millions of barrels of oil in the northern Gulf of Mexico between April 20 and July 15 in 2010. (U.S. District Court, 2015). The combination of water depth, distance to shore, duration, dispersant use, and volume of the DWH oil spill exposed natural resources to oil and dispersants on an unprecedented spatial scale and magnitude. The timing of the spill and the vast geographical area that it contaminated coincided with the height of the reproductive season for multitudes of Gulf of Mexico species; the spill also intersected with critical habitats for a wide range of these species and their life-stages. The oil that remains in benthic habitats and environments associated with the shoreline continues to pose an exposure risk to organisms in these areas. The vast temporal and ...
The Deepwater Horizon (DWH) accident released an estimated 4.1 million barrels of oil and 10(10) mol of natural gas into the Gulf of Mexico, forming deep-sea plumes of dispersed oil droplets and dissolved gases that were largely degraded by bacteria. During the course of this 3-mo disaster a series of different bacterial taxa were enriched in succession within deep plumes, but the metabolic capabilities of the different populations that controlled degradation rates of crude oil components are poorly understood. We experimentally reproduced dispersed plumes of fine oil droplets in Gulf of Mexico seawater and successfully replicated the enrichment and succession of the principal oil-degrading bacteria observed during the DWH event. We recovered near-complete genomes, whose phylogeny matched those of the principal biodegrading taxa observed in the field, including the DWH Oceanospirillales (now identified as a Bermanella species), multiple species of Colwellia, Cycloclasticus, and other members of ...
One year after the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill that depleted the Gulf Coast fishing grounds and the livelihood fishing families have relied on for generations, members of the predominately African-American Plaquemines Parish community are fighting denied claims and insufficient payouts.
To combat last years Deepwater Horizon oil spill, nearly 800,000 gallons of chemical dispersant were injected directly into the oil and gas flow coming out of the wellhead nearly one mile deep in the Gulf of Mexico. Now, as scientists begin to assess how well the strategy worked at breaking up oil droplets, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) chemist Elizabeth B. Kujawinski and her colleagues report that a major component of the dispersant itself was contained within an oil-gas-laden plume in the deep ocean and had still not degraded some three months after it was applied.. While the results suggest the dispersant did mingle with the oil and gas flowing from the mile-deep wellhead, they also raise questions about what impact the deep-water residue of oil and dispersant -- which some say has its own toxic effects -- might have had on environment and marine life in the Gulf.. This study gives our colleagues the first environmental data on the fate of dispersants in the spill, said ...
When large-scale accidents cause catastrophic damage to natural or cultural resources, government and industry are faced with the challenge of assessing the extent of damages and the magnitude of restoration that is warranted. Although market transactions for privately owned assets provide information about how valuable they are to the people involved, the public services of natural assets are not exchanged on markets; thus, efforts to learn about peoples values involve either untestable assumptions about how other things people do relate to these services or empirical estimates based on responses to stated-preference surveys. Valuation based on such surveys has been criticized because the respondents are not engaged in real transactions. Our research in the aftermath of the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill addresses these criticisms using the first, nationally representative, stated-preference survey that tests whether responses are consistent with rational economic choices that are ...
Gonzalez achieved a $60.9 million medical malpractice award that at the time ranked as one of the largest awards ever in a Federal Tort Claims Act case.[9] In 2005 Gonzalez secured a $65.1 million verdict in a wrongful death case against Eller Media Company for the electrocution death of a 12-year-old boy, who the jury found was killed by shoddy electrical work performed at one of its Miami bus shelters.[20] Gonzalez has also settled numerous cases for settlements greater than $1 million, including a $100 million settlement in 2006 with Service Corporation International, the largest funeral home operator in the U.S., for the desecration of graves in a Jewish cemetery.[18] In 2010 Federal Judge Carl Barbier of the Eastern District of Louisiana selected Gonzalez from a pool of 300 qualified applicants to sit on the Plaintiff Steering Committee (PSC) in the multi-district litigation surrounding the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Gonzalez was one of two Florida lawyers ...
UNCW deep water corals researcher Steve Ross and his research colleagues, Sandra Brooke (UNCW adjunct faculty), Tara Casazza (UNCW research associate), and Mike Rhode (UNCW research associate), recently completed a cruise in the Gulf of Mexico on the R/V Tommy Munroe. The purpose of the cruise was to recover a benthic lander that was deployed near coral mounds during a separate research cruise one year ago. The lander, which was successfully retrieved, housed numerous instruments and experiments that will provide data related to the health of deepwater coral colonies and potential changes taking place due to both climate change and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.. "Even though seas were rough that day, the recovery operation went smoothly," said Ross. "We called the lander through an acoustic release, told it to drop a 600-pound weight, and it came right to the surface near the ship. Our experiments with living corals sent down in the lander were 100 percent successful, with all corals ...
Microbial communities present in the Gulf of Mexico rapidly responded to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In deep water plumes, these communities were initially dominated by members of Oceanospirillales, Colwellia, and Cycloclasticus. None of these groups were abundant in surface oil slick samples, and Colwellia was much more abundant in oil-degrading enrichment cultures incubated at 4 C than at room temperature, suggesting that the colder temperatures at plume depth favored the development of these communities. These groups decreased in abundance after the well was capped in July, but the addition of hydrocarbons in laboratory incubations of deep waters from the Gulf of Mexico stimulated Colwellias growth. Colwellia was the primary organism that incorporated 13C from ethane and propane in stable isotope probing experiments, and given its abundance in environmental samples at the time that ethane and propane oxidation rates were high, it is likely that Colwellia was active in ethane and propane ...
The frequency-weighted accelerations in this study were found to be substantial, especially those for the non-dominant hand. It should be noted that all of the measurements were collected with the fork motors operating at maximum speed. In actual beach cleaning operations during the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill cleanup, these tools were not always operated at full speed. Furthermore, the forks w
Frances Beinecke served as NRDCs president from 2006 to 2015. Under Beineckes leadership, NRDC focused on finding solutions to some of the biggest environmental challenges of our time, including establishing a clean energy future that curbs climate change, reviving the worlds oceans, defending endangered wildlife and wild places, protecting our health by preventing pollution, fostering sustainable communities, and ensuring safe and sufficient water. Prior to her role as president, Beinecke was the organizations executive director for eight years. In 2010, she was appointed by President Obama to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. She is a member of the U.S. secretary of energys advisory board and also serves on the advisory boards of the MIT Energy Initiative, the National Academies of Science, and the World Resources Institute. Beinecke holds a bachelors degree from Yale College and a masters degree from the Yale School of Forestry and
On Day 35 of the Gulf oil spill, I traveled with the ABC News Dive team in the Gulf of Mexico as the doctor on board the ABC News diving vessel reporting on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and BPs use of the dispersant Corexit.
It is now two and a half years since the Deepwater Horizon oil well blowout in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. Both the people and the ecosystem of the Gulf were changed by this massive spill; how well…
International Bird Rescue and Research Center has sent a team of specialists to the region to help with any oiled wildlife. The centers site has a comprehensive Spill Response FAQ for those who want to learn how oiled birds are cleaned and treated, and answers to many other questions such as the survival rate of the affected birds. IBRRC says that because BP has committed to paying for the clean-up and wildlife rescue efforts in the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, "your donations cannot be used to fund bird rescue operations in the Gulf of Mexico spill." You can visit the IBRRC website to learn more here: http://ibrrc.org/ ...
Oil Spill Curriculum National Conservation Training Center U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service USFWS Birds, Habitat, & People: Recovering from the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill The Shorebird Sister Schools Program presents an activity that explores the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill on coastal birds and the work of many dedicated professionals helping in species recovery, with a focus on career development. To learn more about the Shorebird Sister Schools Program (SSSP) visit: http://www.fws.gov/sssp. Goal Through studying a bird threatened by the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill, students gain an understanding of the diverse job duties of people that work on refuges to conserve habitat for birds and other wildlife. Grade: 9-12 Time: 3 class periods using the materials included with the activity. Skills: cooperative work, reading comprehension, communication, discussion, organizing, Subjects: science, language arts, social studies, geography Objectives: Students will be able to- 1. ...
Galveston Bay is a busy body of water. It carries the traffic of the Houston Ship Channel. It is a popular recreation destination for fishermen and others. It not only serves as a home to birds and large marine animals, but also as a nursery ground for many important seafood species. It is the nations seventh largest estuary and among them the second most important seafood producer, behind only the Chesapeake Bay.. The immediate effects of the oil spill on March 22, 2014, are visible in the oil sheens and tar balls floating in the water and the "oiled" birds and animals that crews are trying to help. But, we cant see how this heavy marine fuel, containing toxic chemicals including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), is harming shrimp, crabs, oysters, red drum and other fish that call the waters of Galveston Bay home. This contamination can hang around for a long time. Studies from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill show that even in low concentrations PAHs can disrupt the development of ...
As part of the government response to the Deepwater Horizon blowout, a Well Integrity Team evaluated the geologic hazards of shutting in the Macondo Well at the seafloor and determined the conditions under which it could safely be undertaken. Of particular concern was the possibility that, under the anticipated high shut-in pressures, oil could leak out of the well casing below the seafloor. Such a leak could lead to new geologic pathways for hydrocarbon release to the Gulf of Mexico. Evaluating this hazard required analyses of 2D and 3D seismic surveys, seafloor bathymetry, sediment properties, geophysical well logs, and drilling data to assess the geological, hydrological, and geomechanical conditions around the Macondo Well. After the well was successfully capped and shut in on July 15, 2010, a variety of monitoring activities were used to assess subsurface well integrity. These activities included acquisition of wellhead pressure data, marine multichannel seismic profiles, seafloor and ...
An examination of dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico suggests they are in such poor health many may not survive, say researchers who suggest a link between dolphin strandings and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
On April 20, 2010, an explosion rocked the Deepwater Horizon oil rig off the coast of Louisiana, killing 11 workers and releasing an estimated 210 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico - making Deepwater Horizon the largest marine oil spill in U.S. history. Five years later, scientists are still studying and assessing the short- and long-term effects of the BP oil disaster on the Gulfs residents, wildlife and environment.. While almost everyone is familiar with the effects of large disasters such as Deepwater Horizon and the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, many are not as familiar with the effects of smaller, more common spills. Every year Americans spill, throw away or dump out more than 30 times the oil that was spilled in the Exxon Valdez disaster. A single quart of oil can create a two-acre oil slick on the waters surface - approximately the size of three football fields!. Most oil pollution results from accidents and/or carelessness. Fuel oil primarily enters the water during ...
Following the failure of the latest efforts to plug the gushing leak from BPs Deepwater Horizon oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, and amid warnings that oil could continue to flow for another two months or more, perhaps its a good time to step back a moment mentally and look at the bigger picture-the context of our human history of resource extraction-to see how current events reveal deeper trends that will have even greater and longer-lasting significance. Much of what follows may seem obvious to some readers, pedantic to others. But very few people seem to have much of a grasp of the basic technological, economic, and environmental issues that arise as resource extraction proceeds, and as a society adapts to depletion of its resource base. So, at the risk of boring the daylights out of those already familiar with the history of extractive industries, here follows a spotlighting of relevant issues, with the events in the Gulf of Mexico ever-present in the wings and poised to take center stage ...