Sunday, 2 May 2010

Gulf Oil Spill: Nature Conservancy in Louisiana - Cool Green Science

Keith Ouchley, director of The Nature Conservancy in Louisiana, was interviewed on the BP oil spill hitting Louisiana's shores and what responders are doing about it. What I think is most interesting, and also a great idea, is the fact that state and federal agencies are working on training hundreds of shrimpers and other fisherman on the proper way to deploy inflatable booms, so that while they're on the water they can work to help the situation. The fishermen obviously have a vested interest in cleaning up the spill as fast as possible because their livelihoods are in danger. Louisiana is the largest US producer of shrimp, crab and oysters.

Another concern is that the coastline in this area harbors a very large population of nesting seabirds - who are right in the middle of nesting. Both adults and chicks are in danger.

Full article here (Cool Green Science):

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