- The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is threatening to destroy the world's most productive fishery says Mobile Baykeeper, the largest environmental advocate in the Gulf Coast. What's more, the clean up effort could be the final straw for Galveston Bay.
The clean-up solutions, such as controlled burns and chemical dispersants, could make the situation worse. What is at stake is 69% of all domestic shrimp and 70% of all domestic oysters that come out of Galveston Bay. Mobile Baykeeper is calling for the government to put all available state and national resources to work to contain the damage before it's too late. With a U.S. coastline stretching from Florida to Texas the Gulf of Mexico and its bays, inlets and estuaries are is of the most fertile breeding grounds in the world. The BP oil spill will impact fishing, agriculture and tourism in this economic region. In 2008, according to the National Marine Fisheries Service, the commercial fish and shellfish harvest from the five U.S. Gulf states was estimated to be 1.3 billion pounds valued at $661 million.