Research lab sampling for invisble oil -- Concern over organisms dying & not reproducing correctly (VIDEO)


Marsh grass study a part of GCRL oil spill research, WLOX, November 5, 2010:

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"What we're hoping to find with this sampling is to find out whether or not there's still oil, even though we can't visibly see it, and whether that oil is being transferred into the food chain, which is of course concern for a lot of people. They don't want to see oil in their seafood, they don't want to see oil in organisms where there might be problems down the road in terms of organisms dying, not reproducing correctly. Or just having a higher stress level," said GCRL associate professor, Dr. Patrick Biber. ...

"We're actually looking at the growth effects on coastal fishes. My focus there is spotted sea trout. We're trying to understand spotted sea trout that were exposed to oil in the marsh when they were considered to be new recruits to the fishery, usually within the first six months to a year of life when they start to enter the fishery. And the impact on the growth at that age is likely to, is likely to have been impacted. And we're interested in looking at that," said Dr. Richard Fulford. ...

"I'm a food web scientist primarily. I'm interested in the food chain and how things, small things people don't think about much, like plankton and smaller creatures that live down in the mud.  When those populations are impacted, it tends to show up later in the more interesting things: fish, sharks and so forth. So, I'm interested really in that," said Dr. Fulford. ...

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