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Environmental Leaders Concerned About Oil Spill Impact on Food Chain

By Rhonda Miller | Published 20 Apr 2012 03:02pm | comments
Fishermen and environmentalists at Back Bay in Biloxi two years after the oil spill are concerned about deformities in marine species and dead sea turtles and dolphins.

Two years after the oil spill, BP says the clean-up of the Mississippi shoreline is mostly done. But MPB’s Rhonda Miller reports some scientists are concerned about long-term problems below the surface.

Biologist Andrew Whitehurst of Madison is Assistant Director of Science and Water Policy for the Gulf Restoration Network. He says dead dolphins washing up on Gulf Coast beaches after the oil spill are just one piece of the puzzle.

"The effects of the oil are being seen now from the bottom of the food chain to the top of the food chain, starting with the corals that are coated on the ocean floor to the shrimp that are turning up with deformities, crabs with disease and deformity problems."

Members of the Gulf Restoration Network are encouraging the creation of an elected citizens advisory council. The council would be made up of stakeholders in the oil spill recovery, including tourism and environmental leaders, city representatives and fishermen.

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Fishermen and environmentalists at Back Bay in Biloxi two years after the oil spill are concerned about deformities in marine species and dead sea turtles and dolphins.


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