What Wildlife, Ecosystems Could Oil Put at Risk?

Publication: Orlando Sentinal

Author: Kevin Spear

05/06/2010 - Bluefin tuna

These oceangoing fish have suffered an 80 percent decline in population since the 1970s. Their annual spawning in the Gulf of Mexico — one of their few major breeding areas in the world — is now jeopardized by the oil slick. Bluefin tuna leave their eggs floating in open waters, vulnerable to even low levels of oil toxicity. So researchers have very little ability to observe whether eggs and young fish are being badly hurt by the spill disaster. "I don't think we are really going to know for a few years," said Lee Crockett, director of federal fisheries policy for the Pew Environment Group.

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