ScienceDaily (Feb. 17, 2012) — The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010 will have a large economic impact on the U.S. Gulf fisheries. A new study published in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (CJFAS) says that over 7 years this oil spill could have a $US8.7 billion impact on the economy of the Gulf of Mexico. This includes losses in revenue, profit, and wages, and close to 22 000 jobs could be lost.
“Unlike the visually obvious and immediate effects on birds and mammals, the effects of oil on fisheries can be more difficult to detect, though they are no less devastating,” says lead author U. Rashid Sumaila. “Oil and hydrocarbons are taken up by plankton and other surface-dwelling species that link to aquatic food chains.” This in turn affects the fishing industry. Read the full article at http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/02/120217115553.htm