Estuaries in Danger

It will be a few days before we know if BP’s attempt to cover the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is successful. But even if the 100 ton dome stops oil from gushing into the gulf there will still be more than 11 million gallons of oil in the water threatening our beaches.

The Associated Press
Oil blobs and oil sheen are seen in the waters of Chandeleur Sound, La., on Tuesday.

Gert McGee is casting for a big catch. He’s already caught lunch. He’s hoping for dinner.

“They are there, you just have to go out and find them. I don’t got no boat or nothing so I just fish on the edge,” said Gert.

But Gert’s days fishing in the St. Marks Salt Marsh may be coming to an end.

A massive oil slick is growing in the gulf and could make its way here.

It couldn’t come at a worse time.

May is when fish swim inland to lay their eggs in the estuaries.

If the oil interrupts that process, it could be devastating to the fishing industry.

Paul Johnson, a marine life and oil policy expert says if the slick makes it into estuaries the casualties will be enormous.

“We’re not talking about just losing this generation of marine fish and wildlife, we are talking about next generation and that’s sad to see that happening,” said Johnson.

We won’t know until this weekend if efforts to cap the leak are successful, but even if they are there will still be 11 million gallons of oil in the gulf.

The wind and water currents have been good to Florida so far.

The longer conditions keep the oil at bay the more time it has to break apart and sink to the ocean floor.

Florida Fishermen want people to know that their catch is still clean of any oil toxins and safe to eat. Fear has kept many people from buying Florida fish.


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