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Originally posted by kno22
We're going to see a lot more of this. "Run off" of fertilizers & pesticides have been a problem for decades. Mix in a little crude, a dash of corexit & who knows what sort of nasty brew will develop.
If anyone is waiting for BP, the EPA, or any of the bought & paid for agencys to step up, forget it. They've mastered the non-answer elevating the skill to an art.
If it were me I wouldn't let any member of my family anywhere near that beach or those waters.
The incident was not related to low dissolved oxygen levels. Low oxygen levels are believed to have caused the massive die-off of menhaden last month along an eight-mile stretch of Delaware Bay in Cape May County.
The incident remains under investigation, but officials said today that they believe low oxygen levels caused the wash-up. It was the third massive fish die-off in the region over the past three months. The first occurred July 12 in Cape May Point, followed by another last month when hundreds of thousands menhaden washed ashore along the Delaware Bay. Both of those incidents also were blamed on low oxygen levels in the water.
Originally posted by Greensage
It will take the death of people before the cries are heard.
Even if this was an "Industrial Accident" whereby the fish were accidentally released and died as a result of the stress of netting them, the fact remains that the lives of these fish have been wasted needlessly and with "fault". So the EPA or whomever should step up and fine this Omega III company per fish-head. The clean-up should be conducted by the Company and any dispensation for loss of income of any coastal businesses!
Originally posted by Greensage
reply to post by justadood
These fish, Menhaden, have a migratory range from the Yucatan Peninsula to Nova Scotia. Sadly there will be no testing results revealed to make any determination at all.
I am sure it is nothing to worry ourselves over!
Despite the dead zone's gradual expansion, scientists argue that we have the capability to reduce it. Limiting the use of nitrogen-rich fertilizers, implementing water conservation and recycling practices, and preventing sewage leaks and runoff from waste treatment plants should all help to keep nitrogen levels down. In 1998, the U.S. Congress passed the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act, which called for examining the research and working to contain harmful algal blooms and hypoxia. Researchers at universities and the NOAA are using modeling techniques to estimate how much of certain compounds need to be removed in order to reduce the dead zone's size.
Ironically, the dead zone could be positively affected by an active hurricane season. A major contributing factor to dead zones is when water becomes stratified -- warm, fresh water settles on top of colder, saltier water. This stratification limits the aeration of deeper waters as algal blooms settle to the bottom and decay. A hurricane could stir up the Gulf waters, dispersing some of the algae and partially replenishing oxygen levels. The NOAA predicts seven to 10 hurricanes for 2007, with three to five of them qualifying as "major hurricanes" [Source: NOAA]. While these storms may stir up the dead zone and possibly increase the brown shrimp catch, they will come at a time when Gulf Coast communities are still recovering from the devastation of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.