National Fisherman


Mixed Catch 

jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.

 

 

Word is that the "static kill" of the Deepwater Horizon well is successful. But that doesn't mean that Gulf Coast states are out of the woods just yet.

You can forgive the region's officials if they continue to scream loud and long about the need to throw all available resources at cleaning up the millions of gallons of oil that have streamed out of the sunken Deepwater Horizon well. They're rightly concerned about what effect the oil will have upon marine life and habitat, and how long any damage will last.

They're also rightly nervous that once the well is capped, resources and personnel being dedicated to cleanup will start to vanish. Here's one reason for concern.

Before the static kill was even completed, BP officials were already making noises last week about scaling back the cleanup effort. http://www.nola.com/news/gulf-oil-spill/index.ssf/2010/07/time_for_scaleback_in_cleanup.html But don't you worry, Gulf Coast residents, BP assures us all that they remain committed to making everything right as rain again.

So gulf officials are right to keep the heat on BP and Washington and raise hell to make sure that the cleanup is thorough and that damage to marine life and habitat is kept to a minimum. They haven't forgotten the lack of federal response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and they don't want the Deepwater Horizon disaster to become the new Katrina.

Inside the Industry

The American Fisheries Society is honoring recently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography director Bill Hogarth with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award — one of the nation's premier awards in fisheries science - in recognition of his long career and leadership in preserving some of the world's most threatened species, advocating for environmental protections and leading Florida's scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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The Marine Stewardship Council has appointed Eric Critchlow as the new U.S. Program Director. Critchlow will be based in the MSC US headquarters in Seattle. He is a former vice president of Lusamerica Foods and has over 35 years in the seafood industry.

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