On March 22nd 2014 an oil tanker in the Gulf of Mexico near Galvenston Texas released over 168,000 gallons into the ocean. The outcome looks bleak for the bay and researchers predict a down fall in the natural fish populations. It is altogether a huge resource for the commercial as well as the recreational fish industry.
Researchers are worried about the shrimp population, which are now just starting their reproduction cycle and larvae should be moving locations in the bay soon. Health inspectors have not decided whether or not it will be safe to harvest any fish from the bay yet.
Recent research from the 2010 spill has just come to the surface as well proving that there were long term effects from that spill, which doesn’t give the people in Texas much hope about this spill.
This is a very important topic for me to discuss because I can’t imagine anything happening to Alaska’s salmon. In 2011 the Nuclear Plant in Fukushima Japan failed after a earthquake and a tsunami and the disaster resulted in tons of nuclear waste being dumped into the ocean. Any contamination is dangerous, and in this article, traces of radiation were found in Alaska salmon but the levels were considered ‘safe’. It is astounding to me that not many people are informed about this event that happened almost three years ago but it still affecting the planet. Once it becomes a bigger problem I wonder if the marine life affected will be able to adapt to the hazardous environment or not. Very sad to hear that its reached our coast but this article is one of many that is interesting. The picture above provides a good visual.