“Silent Dread”: Florida fisherman deal with anxiety of knowing fish populations collapsed after Exxon Valdez disaster — “This oil spill isn’t over”


This oil spill isn't over, not yet it isn't, Pensacola News Journal, January 9, 2011:

People are still suffering, but their despair has receded from our view — just as the oil that floated in such ugly fashion atop the Gulf of Mexico, and later soiled our beaches, sank below the surface of the water or soaked into the sand, to be covered by new sand brought in on the tide. ...

Fishermen quietly deal with the anxiety of knowing that crucial fish populations did not collapse for years after the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska, and put to sea on each trip with a silent dread.

The people who market and sell Gulf seafood work aggressively to counter the fears of consumers to whom common sense says all that oil didn't just disappear, it went somewhere ... and wonder if "somewhere" isn't inside the shrimp and oysters and snapper and mullet that used to so proudly carry the boast "Gulf seafood."

3 comments to “Silent Dread”: Florida fisherman deal with anxiety of knowing fish populations collapsed after Exxon Valdez disaster — “This oil spill isn’t over”

  • soozla

    This is why i am here. Not to fight BP or debate science. The people deserve the truth.
    The people deserve mercy.

  • The article presents with a good human interest perspective, but I'd like to point out that the reference to "... intense media scrutiny..." hasn't happened yet.

    That's why I post on FOSL. I care about the people and the animals -- and I want everyone to know what is happening to them along the Gulf of Mexico.

    We're all next.

    soozla: Debate is a fantastic way of looking at different opinions and fact, and I especially enjoy such exchanges. I learn alot that way.

  • soozla

    B&B--Oh.. I enjoy the debate (exchange of ideas) as well as anyone. I just dont want to get caught up in it and lose sight of --my goal-which is to warn the people of danger.
    Lol--I'm here to debate as well.

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