Oil Spill Threatens Atlantic Tuna


TORONTO — The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico could threaten Canada’s Atlantic tuna stocks, according to a CBC News report.

Bluefin tuna that might migrate north are currently spawning in The Gulf’s murky waters. “Many fish are going down to the Gulf to spawn,” Jackie Savitz, a marine biologist with the Washington-based conservation group Oceana, told the CBC. “The larvae of the fish is actually the most sensitive life stage to the toxic effects of oil. And one fish that’s spawning right now down there is the bluefin tuna.”

This comes as the World Wildlife Fund reports a serious risk of extinction for the bluefin tuna population, whose Atlantic population has fallen 90 per cent since the ‘70s.

Meanwhile, as the spill shuts down the largest oyster fisheries in the U.S., experts predict a sales boost for other oyster producers, like those in Canada

The oil spill began after a drill rig exploded off the coast of Louisiana April 20. It could take months to repair.

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