USF study finds more sick fish in oil spill area than rest of Gulf of Mexico
A government-funded survey of the entire Gulf of Mexico last summer found more sick fish in the area of the 2010 oil spill than anywhere else, according to the top University of South Florida scientist in charge of the project.
„The area that has the highest frequency of fish diseases is the area where the oil spill was,“ said Steve Murawski, an oceanographer who previously served as the chief fisheries scientist of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.
That doesn’t necessarily mean the red snapper and other fish with nasty skin lesions were victims of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, he said. That same area has lots of oil rigs, leaky pipelines and even natural oil vents in the sea floor that could be the source of any contamination that has affected the fish.
„Even if the disease is from oil,“ he said, „it’s another step to show it’s from the oil spill.“ …