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|Notes from Louisiana|
My eyes were opened to the true gravity of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill during my recent trip to Baton Rouge to attend a working group symposium on the oil spill situation sponsored by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
The White House asked for this meeting, and leaders from all areas convened to discuss the current action plan related to the oil spill and prioritize goals moving forward in four areas: quantifying oil spilling into the Gulf; tracking and projecting oil movement; and studying the ecosystem and socioeconomic effects of the spill. Government experts, representatives from funding organizations and scientists were all present to offer opinions and input, and BP sent representatives keen to listen and provide assurance that required actions would be taken.
As a veterinarian, I was naïve to the challenges of determining details I thought were simple to calculate. For example, how do we quantify the amount of oil spilling out, or how do we best project where the ocean currents will carry it? I was surprised to learn that our top oceanographic scientists, both government and academic alike, were similarly perplexed. I was eager to discuss with my working group the impact of the oil on the ecosystem, and most specifically, on the living components ranging from the macrofauna to the smaller creatures of greater total biomass that support the food web. The comprehensive effects of this spill on the Gulf ecosystem will likely be immeasurable, but it is of paramount importance that the health of our wildlife species, especially those of threatened or endangered status or that are fished for human consumption, is assessed to the fullest potential and with the best science, and that the balance of the environment that sustains these animals be gauged and supported.
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