Unified Command: No oil booms in the Keys, Florida Keys Keynoter, June 26, 2010:
Capt. Captain Pat DeQuattro, commander of U.S. Coast Guard Sector Key West... [said, "]Booms are not effective measures to protect shorelines and beaches against tar balls."
Since tar balls usually have a neutral buoyancy, the oil globs "can easily slip beneath containment booms."
"We're learning from other regions in the Gulf of Mexico that while booms work well for fresh oil in the water, they have very limited value once the oil has weathered," he said.
In the Keys, DeQuattro said, "Booming is likely to be more harmful than helpful to the environment." Marine scientists have voiced similar opinions.