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NEW ORLEANS, Figures from 2011 indicate a solid rebound in fisheries production and revenue in Louisiana, despite fears of a harvest devastated by the Deepwater oil spill.
The state's catch of the herring-like menhaden, used in fish meal and for oils used in animal feeds, rose to 1.3 billion pounds, beating the 10-year average harvest since 2001 of about 900 million pounds, the National Marine Fisheries Service reported Thursday.
Louisiana harvested 11.1 million pounds of oysters in 2011, close to the 10-year average since 2001, which is 12.6 million pounds. But revenue from oyster fishing beat the 10-year average, coming in at $41.6 million compared with $36 million, The Times-Picayune newspaper in New Orleans reported.
The state's haul of white shrimp fell compared with the 10-year average of 64.3 million pounds, as fisherman pulled in 52.6 million pounds in 2011, but again revenue was up at $98.2 million against an average of $93.7 million.
The brown shrimp catch for 2011 was 39.2 million pounds, compared with an average over 10 years of 43.5 million pounds.
The total harvest of shrimp for the United States was 312.7 million pounds in 2011, an increase of 53.6 million pounds compared with 2010. Revenues for shrimp rose by $104 million over 2010.
The Gulf of Mexico region accounted for 68 percent of the U.S. catch with 92.6 million pounds harvested by fisherman from Louisiana, followed by 79.3 million caught by Texans and 19.2 million pulled in by boats registered in Alabama.
The price for shrimp was little changed year to year. Shrimp was priced at $1.60 in 2010 and $1.66 in 2011, the newspaper said.
The blue crab harvest was also not decimated by the oil spill that was considered the worst in U.S. history -- a spill that starting with an explosion at British oil giant BP's Deepwater Horizon oil platform on April 20, 2010.
The blue crab harvest came to 43.7 million pounds in 2011, slightly less than the 10-year average for the state of 44.3 million pounds.
Revenue, again, was higher, however, with crabs bringing in $36.2 million for Louisiana crabber, the second highest year for revenue after 2009, when $36.7 million was earned by the state's crabbers.
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Gulf of Mexico shrimp, along with all seafood, has been tested extensively to assure that it's safe for consumption in the wake of the BP oil spill, but the long-term effects on fish species from that oil, and the chemicals used to fight it, are still largely unknown. Possible effects on the growth and mortality of Gulf shrimp could come from a variety of factors, including alterations in the food they eat or the species who prey on them, changes in the marsh they inhabit, or changes in their own biology.
Researchers from the University of Rochester and Texas A&M University have found that, over a period of five months following the disastrous 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill, naturally-occurring bacteria that exist in the Gulf of...
Gualinga and other leaders of the community (that also goes by the name Sarayaku) had heard stories about Texaco’s work in the Northern Amazon. They had heard about the bellowing refineries that spit fire, the poisoned water sources, and the stubborn stench of oil that clung to the once fragrant air. So they said, “not in our communities!”
Through non-violent protests and the help of allies, the Sarayaku people succeeded in expelling ARCO/Oriente from its territory in 1989. But only since last week have the 1,200 residents of Sarayaku been really able to breathe a sigh of relief into the pristine Amazonian air.
On July 25, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled in favor of the Sarayaku in a decade-long legal showdown called Sarayaku vs. Ecuador. Sarayaku took legal action in the early 2000’s when another foreign oil company — the Argentine Compania General de Combustibles in partnership with American ConocoPhillips/Burlington Resources — entered Sarayaku and placed 1.54 tons of high grade explosives beneath the earth for seismic trials, damaging local water sources in the process.
The Ecuadorean government had allowed the oil company to enter Sarayaku without consulting any of it’s residents first, therefore violating the community’s right to a free, prior, and informed consultation and consent-making process — a right that is recognized in the UN Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labor Organization Convention 169, which Ecuador has ratified.
Last week the human rights court found the Ecuadorean government guilty of violating the right to prior consultation and for threatening the physical and cultural wellbeing of the Sarayaku people.
“The ruling sends a clear message to the government that they will not be able to trample over these communities and Indigenous rights,” said Kevin Koenig, Ecuador Program Coordinator of Amazon Watch, a US-based nonprofit that has supported Sarayaku for the past 10 years of it’s legal battle. “Sarayaku has not only waged an effective legal battle, but a very savvy media campaign as well. They have put the eyes of the world on this corner of the rainforest, and the similar struggles of many other front line communities facing oil extraction. That itself is a very important advance for justice and indigenous rights.” he said.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Oil giant BP has agreed to pay the largest criminal penalty in U.S. history, totaling billions of dollars, for the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a person familiar with the deal said Thursday.
The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record about the deal, also said two BP PLC employees face manslaughter charges over the death of 11 people in the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that triggered the massive spill.
The person said BP will plead guilty to obstruction for lying to Congress about how much oil was pouring out of the ruptured well. The person declined to say exactly how much the fine in the billions of dollars would be.
The spill exposed lax government oversight and led to a temporary ban on deepwater drilling while officials and the oil industry studied the risks, worked to make it safer and developed better disaster plans...