Monday, November 7, 2011

Re-visit to the Gulf of Mexico disaster

Well it's been almost a YEAR since we returned from our final trip to the Gulf of Mexico to document the impact of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Quite frankly it's a disappointment to me and I'm sure to our crew that nothing much has changed down there. The stock market even perked up when an announcement was made that a new Chevron platform would be drilling over 10,000 ft deep and way beyond as it enters the Earth's crust! What are we thinking here??!

The footage we shot aboard the WHOI/Naval research vessel the Atlantis is still sitting waiting for a timely entry onto the net and broadcast outlets. The stories will unfold and hopefully be a warning, an awakening to our short sighted and short lived memories of the impact the spill had upon the Gulf.

Inside the Alvin DSV on the RV Atlantis

The inevitable truth is that the Gulf is indeed in deep trouble and just like the mackerel that disappeared from the Alaska oil spill we are likely to see the same thing happen within the next 3-4 years to top predators like the Bluefin Tuna all the way down to the lower end of the food chain.

More and more species of fish and marine animals and fauna which are crucial to the food chain are in peril as we speak.

In truth the Deepwater Horizon disaster may very well be just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the fate of the Gulf.  Continued mismanagement of the wetlands from Florida all the way to Louisiana must end. We may indeed return to the Gulf to bring home the bigger more complete picture of the true impact man has had upon this incredible eco-system known as the Gulf of Mexico!

If your interested in what WHOI is doing as well as take a peak at the mission aboard Atlantis that myself and Mike deGruy participated please click here.

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