Scientists say BP oil spill damage has significantly diminished since 2010
Posted on 3/3/2016 3:03:00 AM.

Scientists say the damage caused by the BP oil spill has drastically diminished since 2010. LSU Chemistry Professor Edward Overton says biologists studying the spill’s impacts in Louisiana’s wetlands have seen how the composition has changed from heavily oiled patterns back to normal wetlands.

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Dolphins still struggling to reproduce after BP oil spill
Posted on 11/5/2015 11:57:00 AM.

A study finds five years after the Deep Water Horizon oil spill, dolphins are still having a hard time reproducing in Barataria Bay. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wildlife epidemiologist Lori Schwacke says they tracked pregnant dolphins and discovered only about 20% were actually giving birth to viable calves.

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LDWF opens oyster hatchery in Grand Isle
Posted on 8/13/2015 2:31:00 AM.

The State Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has cut the ribbon on a new $3 million  oyster hatchery in Grand Isle that will more than double production of the larvae used to seed oyster grounds. Statewide Oyster Program Manager Patrick Banks says they’ve seen major decreases in oysters since the BP oil spill and this will be an important component to boosting the oyster population.

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LDWF Secretary says BP oil could stick around for decades
Posted on 12/27/2013 1:52:00 AM.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham believes The Bayou State will be dealing with the after effects from the 2010 BP oil spill for many years to come. He says they were always opposed to injecting dispersants into the plume of oil because even though it isn't pretty, oil degrades faster if it comes to the surface.

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LA oystermen worried, as harvests nearing zero
Posted on 12/4/2013 4:56:00 AM.
Louisiana oystermen say oysters are very hard to come by this winter and their $300-million industry is hurting. Louisiana Oyster Task Force Chairman John Tesvich says, in his 35 years in the oyster business, he's never seen it this bad. "We've had ups and downs in oysters, and the natural cycle go through peaks and valleys...but what we're seeing now is an unprecedented low."
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Wildlife & Fisheries Closes Offshore Area to All Fishing Due to Oily Mess
Posted on 7/2/2013 10:00:00 PM.

The state Department of Wildlife & Fisheries has closed an area off East Grand Terre Island, due to large tar mats that turned up and had to be cleaned up last week. LDWF Secretary Robert Barham says it's residual mess from the BP oil spill, and the waters will remain closed while more seafood safety testing is done.
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