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USA: FIRST GULF OF MEXICO-WIDE SURVEY OF OIL POLLUTION COMPLETED 10 YEARS AFTER DEEPWATER HORIZON
April 15 – Source: University of South Florida (USF Innovation)
Since the 2010 BP oil spill, marine scientists at the University of South Florida (USF) have sampled more than 2,500 individual fish representing 91 species from 359 locations across the Gulf of Mexico and found evidence of oil exposure in all of them, including some of the most popular types of seafood. The highest levels were detected in yellowfin tuna, golden tilefish and red drum.
The study, just published in Nature Scientific Reports, represents the first comprehensive, Gulf-wide survey of oil pollution launched in response to the Deepwater Horizon spill. It was funded by a nearly $37 million grant from the independent Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) to establish the Center for Integrated Modeling and Analysis of Gulf Ecosystems (C-IMAGE), an international consortium of professors, post-doctoral scholars and students from 19 collaborating institutions.
Science Daily / Click here to read more: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/04/200415084307.htm