Dauphin Island, Alabama: Tiger sharks have “increased dramatically” — Yet “there are so few shrimp”

Alabama and the Oil Spill, Gulf Fish Numbers Up, WBHM, February 4, 2011:

“For a number of species there was as much as 300% increases in the numbers of fishes we were catching,” says John Valentine, chair of university programs at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. “Tiger sharks and sandbar sharks increased dramatically in the last six months or so. Croaker, spots, speckled trout, things like that are also increasing in abundance in our area.” …

[Gary Skinner, a shrimper on Dauphin Island] says most days, there are so few shrimp to catch that it’s not even worth firing up the boat. …

Like others in the seafood industry, Skinner is skeptical that fish populations exploded because fishermen were forced to back off. He’s doubtful because the Sea Lab’s research is funded with $5 million of BP money; money that was paid to the state of Alabama, which the governor designated for research.

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