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Gulf Oil Spill Disaster — Spawn of the Living Dead 228

Posted by timothy
from the less-on-your-plate dept.
grrlscientist writes "A recently published study, intended to provide data to commercial fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico so they maximize their catch of Yellowfin Tuna, Thunnus albacares, whilst avoiding bycatch of critically endangered Atlantic (Northern) Bluefin Tuna, Thunnus thynnus, suggests that the Deepwater Horizon oil leak may devastate the endangered Atlantic bluefin population, causing it to completely collapse or possibly go extinct."
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Gulf Oil Spill Disaster — Spawn of the Living Dead

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  • by vm146j2 (233075) on Thursday June 10, 2010 @02:52PM (#32526374)

    Yes, there have: 5 major ones in 4 billion years. The difference this time is we get to participate, both as an agent, and a sufferer!

  • by MozeeToby (1163751) on Thursday June 10, 2010 @02:54PM (#32526392)

    No, something survives and a new ecosystem eventually evolves. In the meantime (read: several million years) the survivors are in complete disarray as population numbers fluctuate wildly without the normal predator/prey relationships in effect, something which would not bode well for human civilization. Diversity is good, it is the damping that makes an otherwise unstable system become stable.

  • Re:karma is real (Score:4, Informative)

    by spun (1352) <loverevolutionar ... m ['o.c' in gap]> on Thursday June 10, 2010 @02:57PM (#32526440) Journal

    Perfect storm? It hasn't happened yet, but if Micheal Bay is to be believed, hurricanes will soon be kicking up a flammable mist of oil and igniting it with lightning. Be prepared to face a hurricane of flaming alligators soon [xkcd.com].Hehe, xkcd is pretty funny. But you know what isn't funny? Fucking spiritualists on their high horse condescendingly preaching to the rest of us without bothering to find out what we think, making blanket generalizations, and acting generally holier than thou. Nine times out of ten, said fucking spiritualist has their head firmly up their own ass, but you might just be that one in ten who doesn't, so here's a tip on the off chance you aren't a complete fraud: your spiritual practice does not make you better than anyone else. Here's another tip: talking down to your audience alienates them, which causes them to reject what you said no matter how right, meaning you just wasted your time and theirs.

  • by alexander m (567750) on Thursday June 10, 2010 @02:57PM (#32526448) Homepage
    Here in Tokyo the idea of cooking tuna (except maybe to sear it a bit, 'aburi' style) would be severely frowned upon... ;-)
  • Re:Ummm, no (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 10, 2010 @04:01PM (#32527256)

    Stop making fucking excuses. Tuna is going extinct because of *people* *eating* *it*. It's that bloody simple.

    90% reduction in number is a catastrophic population collapse warranting that population to be put in CITES Appendix I, banning all international trade. But, alas, that cannot happen with tuna now, can it? Most Japanese are oblivious to what their sushi dish is doing to tuna population. But whatever is happening will continue.

    Here's an article from one "biased" but accurate source,
            http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/features/bluefin-tuna-cites-19032010/

    Read this from what happened in Canada,
            http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/2580733.stm

    Same thing happening for tuna. And now you have the gull to blame BP over this? Total bullshit.

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