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Potential impact of the deepwater horizon oil spill on commercial fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico


McCrea-Strub, A and Kleisner, K and Sumaila, UR and Swartz, W and Watson, RA and Zeller, D and Pauly, D, Potential impact of the deepwater horizon oil spill on commercial fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico, Fisheries, 36, (7) pp. 332-333. ISSN 0363-2415 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2011 Taylor & Francis

DOI: doi:10.1080/03632415.2011.589334


Given the economic and social importance of fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico large marine ecosystem (LME), it is imperative to quantify the potential impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. To provide a preliminary perspective of the consequences of this disaster, spatial databases of annual reported commercial catch and landed value prior to the spill were investigated relative to the location of the fisheries closures during July 2010. Recent trends illustrated by this study suggest that more than 20% of the average annual U.S. commercial catch in the Gulf has been affected by postspill fisheries closures, indicating a potential minimum loss in annual landed value of US$247 million. Lucrative shrimp, blue crab, menhaden, and oyster fisheries may be at greatest risk of economic losses. Overall, it is evident that the oil spill has impacted a highly productive area of crucial economic significance within the Gulf of Mexico LME. This study draws attention to the need for ongoing and thorough investigations into the economic impacts of the oil spill on Gulf fisheries.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Callinectes sapidus; Decapoda (Crustacea); Ostreidae
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Aquaculture and fisheries stock assessment
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - wild caught
Objective Field:Wild caught fin fish (excl. tuna)
UTAS Author:Watson, RA (Professor Reginald Watson)
ID Code:83629
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:53
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2013-03-20
Last Modified:2017-10-17

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