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Five Years After the Deepwater Horizon, Are Gulf States Prepared for the Next Oil Disaster?

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It has been five years since the Deepwater Horizon explosion. Are Gulf states better prepared today to deal with the next disaster?

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Study Shows Seafood Samples Had No Elevated Contaminant Levels From Oil Spill

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Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in 2010, many people were concerned that seafood was contaminated by either the oil or dispersants used to keep the oil from washing ashore. Ina University of Florida study, all seafood tested so far has shown “remarkably low contaminant levels,” based on FDA standards, and revealed that: • 74 percent of samples were below quantifiable limits; • 23 percent of samples were between 0.1-0.9 parts per billion, and; • 3 percent of samples were between 1.0 and 48 parts per billion.

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Researchers Publish Findings on Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Marine Organisms on the Gulf Coast

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Researchers from FAU's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute have published findings on the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on marine organisms such as oysters, conch, shrimp, corals as well as marine plankton (microalgae or phytoplankton, rotifers or zooplankton), which provide the basis of coastal and oceanic food webs.

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Oxygen, Aerobic Life Found Deep Beneath The Ocean

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Dispersant Used to Clean Deepwater Horizon Spill More Toxic to Corals Than the Oil

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The dispersant used to remediate the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is more toxic to cold-water corals at lower concentrations than the spilled oil, according to a new study that comes on the eve of the spill’s fifth anniversary, April 20th.

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Recipe for Saving Coral Reefs: Add More Fish

Fish are the key ingredients in a new recipe to diagnose and restore degraded coral reef ecosystems, according to scientists from the Australian Institute of Marine Science, WCS, James Cook University, and other organizations in a new study in the journal Nature.

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Fishing Amplifies Forage Fish Collapses

A new study shows for the first time that fishing likely worsens population collapses in species of forage fish, including herring, anchovies and sardines. Some of the largest fisheries in the world target these species, and these "baitfish" are also a key source of food for larger marine animals, including salmon, tuna, seabirds and whales.

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Secrets of the Seahorse Tail Revealed

A team of engineers and biologists reports new progress in using computer modeling and 3D shape analysis to understand how the unique grasping tails of seahorses evolved. These prehensile tails combine the seemingly contradictory characteristics of flexibility and rigidity, and knowing how seahorses accomplish this feat could help engineers create devices that are both flexible and strong.

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Shark Tagged by NSU’s Guy Harvey Research Institute Is Apparently Enjoying Time in Warm, Tropical Waters

Tagged mako shark shows dramatic swim track - traveling more than 7,300 miles in less than 12 months.

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U.S. And Mexican Scientists Improving Research and Response Collaborations in the Gulf of Mexico

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Scientific leaders in the U.S. and Mexico recently took steps to strengthen their collaborations to develop better ocean-observing capabilities and improve data sharing Gulf-wide.