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Environmental Impact of the Gulf

These are the organisms that are accountable for the development of red tides. These algal blooms later destroy additional aquatic species by interfering with their respiratory organs. Among the numerous species of microscopic algae that comprises the foundation of the aquatic food chain, about eighty-five species are said to be deadly (Carlisle, n.d).

Recommendations

Legislation should be passed to govern the maritime activities such as oil drilling and crude oil shipping in order to set specific safety guidelines and risk mitigation approaches. Hefty fines should be imposed on the parties that contravene these legislations. Cleanup activities should also be put in place to eliminate both the short-term and long-term effects of the previous oil spill. The aim is to rehabilitate and rejuvenate the level of aquatic and human health.

Conclusion

Oil spill are dangerous to aquatic and human life forms. They should therefore be avoided and controlled at all cost in order to curtail their devastating consequences.

References

Achenbach, J. (2008) “A Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico: Scientists Say Area That Cannot

Support Some Marine Life Is Near Record Size,” Washington Post

Carlisle, E. (n.d) the Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone and Red Tides.

http://www.tulane.edu/~bfleury/envirobio/enviroweb/DeadZone.htm. Accessed on February 24, 2011

Earth Gauge (2010). Gulf Oil Spill Series: Effects on Invertebrates available online at http://www.earthgauge.net/wp-content/EG_Gulf_Invertebrates.pdf accessed on 23 February 2011

Jeff, D. (2010). “Gulf home to 27,000 abandoned wells.” Burlington, Vermont: Burlington Free

Press. pp. 1A.

Palmer, J (2011). Gulf spills effects may not be seen for a decade. BBC News. Available online at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12520630 accessed on 23 February 2011

Warner, S (2010). Is BP oil spill the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced?

Available online at http://frankwarner.typepad.com/free_frank_warner/2010/06/is-bp-oil-spill-the-worst-environmental-disaster-america-has-ever-faced.html Acessed on 23 February 2011.

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