Massive Dead Zone Could Impact Ala. Shrimp

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (WPMI) Scientists are predicting a massive, possibly record-breaking, dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico this summer.

A dead zone is when there isn’t enough oxygen in the water to support fish and other aquatic life.

Flooding in the Midwest is pumping lots of fresh water and fertilizer from farms down the Mississippi River and into the Gulf, which could create a dead zone the size of New Jersey.

Alabama is on the eastern fringe of the predicted dead zone, while Louisiana is right in the middle of it.

University of South Alabama professor and marine scientist Dr. Sean Powers says if the prediction comes true and the dead zone reaches Alabama’s waters, the main concern is shrimp.

“Fisherman will go to a spot, and all of a sudden spot where they catch a lot of fish at, they won’t catch any fish,” Powers said, “That’s because the fish swim out of the dead zone.”

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