Gulf of Mexico makes dramatic comeback from Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Posted: 08/25/2011 in all marine news

Michael C. Bolton – 

As I watched the ghastly photos and videos of the unfolding Deepwater Horizon oil spill last year, I told anyone who would listen that the Gulf of Mexico would never recover in our lifetimes.

I assumed that there would never again be fishing as we know it. I also assumed that the rich bounty that the Gulf produces would not be edible for decades.

Some scientist I am, huh ?

There is more and more evidence that Mother Nature is a dang good cleaning lady. The recovery of the Gulf of Mexico has been nothing less than dramatic.

The recent Alabama Deep Sea Rodeo provided the opportunity for many different species of fish to be tested. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had a team of researchers and scientists on hand at the rodeo to collect tissue samples from the fish that were caught all the way from Florida to Louisiana waters.

The group was looking for the bad stuff such as Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons that cause all kinds of problems including being carcinogenic in some cases. The group also looked for any chemicals found in the dispersant sprayed on the oil slicks.

The group conducted tests of 942 tissue samples during and after the rodeo. The group stayed on Dauphin Island following the rodeo and tested oyster and shrimp, too.

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