Threatening The Livelihood Of Vietnamese American Fishermen: Another Thing That Sucks About The Spill

May 6th, 2010 | 6 comments | Posted by Jen

Oil from the offshore rig that exploded and sank last month in the Gulf of Mexico (pictured above), killing 11 people, continues to spill into the waters I grew up swimming in. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) estimates that 210,000 gallons of oil are leaking into the water A DAY, and PBS.org came up with this handy little ticker to show you just how much oil that is:

The Exxon Valdez oil spill, which is considered one of the worst environmental disasters caused by humans EVAR, released about 11 million gallons of crude oil into Alaskan waters in 1989, but this Gulf Coast spill–which is nowhere near contained–is expected to top that, and by mid-June no less.

Meanwhile, the livelihood of thousands of Vietnamese American fishermen and shrimpers looks grim. So does the future of the entire ocean food chain in the Gulf.

But hey! Clean-up efforts are getting creative! 400,000 pounds of human and pet hair are being shipped to the Gulf Coast region to soak up all that nasty oil as we speak.

Then again, all the hair in the world may not be enough to clean up this mess and get those fishermen and shrimpers back on their feet. CNN.com posted a story today with this headline: “Alaska fishermen still struggling 21 years after Exxon spill.”

Oy. Excuse me while I go trade in my car for a bicycle.

[PBS: How Much Oil Has Leaked Into the Gulf of Mexico?]
[MSNBC: Vietnamese American shrimpers fear spill's toll]

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  4. karlk9 says:

    Fishermen, Vietnamese and otherwise, in Sarasota/Bradenton are scared … and so are the restauranteurs and fish markets they supply … and half the city’s shops, cafés, pubs, boutiques, etc., which depend on tourism. Our white, fine-sandy beaches won’t be much of a draw covered in oil slick and dead sealife. Everyone’s hoping and praying the oil won’t reach the Gulf Loop, which would then cover all the beaches on Florida’s West Coast, and then run into the Gulf Stream.

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