In Pictures: Gulf seafood woes - Al Jazeera English

In Pictures: Gulf seafood woes

Fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico are in the initial phase of collapse, according to scientists.

Erika Blumenfeld |

New Orleans, LA - Nearly two years after BP's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, fishermen and scientists say things are getting worse. Interviews with fishermen and scientists across Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana have shed light on the distressing truth that nearly two years after the BP oil disaster began in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, fisheries for oysters, shrimp, crab and fish are producing dramatically reduced catches.

One scientist told Al Jazeera that many of the Gulf fisheries "have already collapsed" and the only question is "if or when they'll come back".

Given that after the Exxon Valdez oil disaster in Alaska in 1989, herring have still not come back enough to be a viable fishing resource, this does not bode well for the Gulf seafood industry, whose fisheries are - according to scientists - still in the initial phase of collapse.

Please note, the feature story Gulf fisheries in decline after oil disaster corresponds with this photo gallery.

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