This is just the beginning and will effect a lot of the world’s economy.
In light of the recent environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill releasing some 5,000 barrels of oil a day into the water, the cost, quality and availability of wild Gulf seafood-one of the United States’ main sources of domestic seafood, and a staple on menus at clubs and resorts across the country-is facing a frighteningly unknown future.
"The impact on Louisiana and Gulf Coast fisheries will range from the immediate to the long-term," reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer, "and many scientists in the state are simply watching the situation unfold, since there are no examples of an oil spill of this magnitude on the Gulf Coast."
On May 18th, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce that has jurisdiction over the affected area, closed a total of 45,728 square miles to fishing. The closed area represents 19 percent of the entire Gulf of Mexico Federal waters. At press time, this area remained closed.
"Acting with an abundance of caution," said NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco, "this expansion is part of NOAA’s effort to assure seafood safety."
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