Fishermen, other businessess in Gulf, unable to make a living due to BP Gulf oil spill
Fishermen may seek compensation via a class action involving Gulf of Mexico oil slick
In recent news, just off Louisiana on Grand Isle, which contained sludge from the Gulf oil spill, the beach has reopened but, sadly, there is no swimming or fishing, and the oil cleanup crews are still hard at work. Fishermen had no work during what's normally a busy season, and floating hotels are being set up to house workers who will try to mop up the crude seeping into marshes.
Fishermen and others affected by the Gulf oil slick are getting desperate to find ways to supplement their failed business.
They are more getting anxious as we get further into the shrimping season and there is less chance they will recover.Reportedly, two research studies on the Gulf oil spill, by Louisiana State University and the University of Florida, have found large plumes of oil hanging underneath the water.
Fish scientists say the plumes will make it very difficult for fish to survive in the northern margins of the Gulf. We may very well lose dozens of vulnerable fish species.
The pancake batfish, a species that Chakrabarty discovered six months ago and was due to introduce to the world in August in a report in a scientific journal, is reportedly just one of the species under threat.
The fast-moving oil slick has already or is threatening to devastate marine and coast environments, and estuarine areas of Florida, which are used for fishing and to earn a livelihood. Some of our plaintiffs are owners of wholesale and retail seafood businesses; others are owners of commercial fisheries. All their livelihoods are now at risk as a result of the Gulf oil spill.
The Gulf region accounts for about a fifth of total U.S. commercial seafood production and nearly three quarters of the nation’s shrimp output, while nearly a third of all marine recreational fishing trips take place on Gulf waters, according to the Fisheries Service of the NOAA.
Louisiana has a $3 billion fishing industry and is the source of a third of the seafood consumed in the U.S., according to the Louisiana Seafood Marketing and Promotion Board, a state-run agency.
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