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The term thermohaline circulation (THC) refers to the part of the large-scale ocean circulation that is driven by global density gradients created by surface heat and freshwater fluxes. The adjective thermohaline derives from thermo- referring to temperature and -haline referring to salt content, factors which together determine the density of sea water.
Consumers can trust Gulf seafood
As is the case with so many parts of the response to the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the seafood safety program put in place during this crisis was unprecedented. The system set up to keep tainted seafood out of circulation worked.
At the top of the list for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Food and Drug Administration and the Gulf Coast states has always been ensuring public safety and the integrity of Gulf seafood. Federal waters in the Gulf were first closed to fishing on May 2, and closures increased in federal and state waters as the oil spread.
At the height of the spill, more than a third of the federal waters in the Gulf were closed to fishing. With the Coast Guard, we enforced the closure boundaries, and together we developed and carried out a comprehensive plan for testing Gulf seafood.
Scientist Questions Safety of Gulf Seafood
...Subra also said the FDA established unrealistically small portion sizes for risk levels, such as 4 - 6 jumbo shrimp a meal for a 175 lb person.
"The FDA levels of concern do not represent the consumption rate along the coast," said Subra.
But many organizations flat out disregard Subra's concerns.
"We've got one scientist who's been described, her science has been described as junk science by the head person, the head scientist at the FDA," said Ewell Smith, Executive Director of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board...
Originally posted by queenofsheba
reply to post by CaptSplatter
Thanks for the pic, in this case it speaks louder than words. I will not be eating any Gulf seafood for quite some time and that's really sad because I love seafood, especially Gulf shrimp. I refuse to buy it when it comes from China and Taiwan; no thanks, I really can live without it. I've not been able to find Gulf shrimp in my grocery stores in my neck of the woods so I had no idea it was available.
Will Mardi Gras Revelers Feast on Gulf Seafood?
NEW ORLEANS -- As the Mardi Gras season descends over the city, the folks in the seafood business are holding their breath to see whether the tourists will, once again, dig fervently into the city's spread of fish, oysters, shrimp and crabs.
"We don't know yet. ... We'll have to see what happens," said Mickey Harrison, the night manager at the Cafe Pontalba, situated near Jackson Square, a landmark park in the heart of the French Quarter.
Approximately 71 percent of consumers still believe that Gulf seafood is not completely safe, according to latest survey done on the impacts of the massive BP oil spill in April. Most of the visitors are arriving this weekend in preparation for Mardi Gras on Fat Tuesday.
...That's the goal behind a new symbol created by a consortium of seafood processors, the fishing industry and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute to create an identifiable "brand" for four species of seafood that are sustainably harvested in the Gulf of Maine.
In cooperation with Hannaford Supermarkets, those four species -- cod, haddock, lobster and northern shrimp -- will be sold with a special label saying they have been "Responsibly Harvested" in the Gulf of Maine...