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Why This Matters: It is unbelievably challenging to clean up an oil spill of this magnitude — just ask anyone who stood on the beaches in Louisiana mopping up oil after the Deepwater Horizon spill. The impacts of a disaster like this are long-lasting and those who are responsible must be held fully accountable. This spill puts at risk the country’s tourism economy — nearly 1.4 million people visited last year before COVID halted it. How is it that 30 years later Exxon Valdez could happen again?
“This oil spill occurred in one of, if not the most, sensitive areas in Mauritius,” Vassen Kauppaymuthoo, and oceanographer and environmental engineer reportedly told Reuters. “We are talking of decades to recover from this damage, and some of it may never recover.” Jean Hugues Gardenne, of the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, told The Guardian that “The conservation work carried out on Ile aux Aigrettes for nearly four decades is at stake.” He added, “The local communities relying on fishing to earn a living are heavily affected … Mangroves, corals and marine ecosystem are affected and the impact on tourism, a pillar of our economy, will be huge.”
What You Can Do: The Mauritius Wildlife Foundation and Eco Sud, two local NGOs, are collecting and managing emergency relief funds. And they need lawyers to help them receive the compensation they deserve. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are a lawyer and want to help.
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Last summer, Florida created its first aquatic preserve in over 30 years. The Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve protects about 400,000 acres of seagrass just north of Tampa on Florida’s Gulf coast. These are part of the Gulf of Mexico’s largest seagrass bed and borders other existing preserves, creating a […]
A new study has found that whale songs can be a powerful tool for mapping the ocean floor. Seismic testing done by humans can harm whales and other marine life, but by using whale songs instead, scientists believe the practice can be adapted to be much less harmful to marine populations.
Why This Matters: For years, the fossil fuel industry has hauled “seismic guns” behind large boats, blasting loud, harmful bursts of sound that disturb sea life and impair the sonar of animals like whales and dolphins.
Much as our national parks on land are some of our greatest natural treasures, marine national monuments safeguard precious ecosystems and protect them now and for future generations. The National Marine Sanctuary System encompasses more than 600,000 square miles of marine and Great Lakes waters, and contains amazing cultural and historical resources, as well as […]
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