Over A Barrel

Oil, Fish & Public Policy

by Laurie Schreiber


Two oil skimmers 40 miles off the Louisiana coast, one of which was broken down, in the Gulf of Mexico. The photo illustrates “how pathetic the clean-up effort is – we only saw two clean-up boats the whole day, one was being towed.”- Susan Hall. Hall, a marine toxicologist from Maine, dove into the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to get a first hand look at the conditions. Dr. Susan Shaw photo

Dr. Susan Shaw, founder/ director of the Marine Environmental Research Institute in Blue Hill and a marine toxicologist, returned recently from the Gulf of Mexico where, accompanied by a crew from the London, England, newspaper The Times, she dove in the oil slick to get a first-hand look at impacts on marine life.

Shaw traveled to the gulf in late May, when she and the newspaper crew boarded a fishing boat to take them about 40 miles out to sea. Going into the slick, she said, she was immediately hit by very strong fumes. The surface of the sea was coated with broad patches of viscous brown sludge, she said. Shaw chose an area to dive a few meters into the water where the oily sludge had broken up somewhat.

“I’m one of few toxicologists who have gotten into that water,” she said.


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Maine Lobster Boat Racing Schedule 2010
June 19 - Boothbay Harbor
Info: (207) 380-5295
Marshall (207) 380-5892
June 20 - Rockland
Info: (207) 354-8763
July 3 - Moosebec Reach
Beals Island/Jonesport
Info: (207) 598-6681
July 10 - Searsport
Info: (207) 548-6362
July 11 - Stonington
Info: (207) 348-2375
July 24 - Friendship
Info: (207) 832-7807
July 25 - Harpswell
Info: (207) 725-2567
August 14 - Winter Harbor
Info: (207) 963-7139
August 15 - Merritt Bracket Lobster Boat Races, Pemaquid
Info: D. Drisko (207) 677-2432
L. Crane (207) 563-8707
August 22 - Maine Lobster Boat Race, MS Society, Portland
Info: (207) 799-6718


The Other Well: Dowsing, Facts And Fables


Danger to Fisheries From Oil and Tar Pollution of Waters

Bluefin Larvae May Be Victims of Gulf Gusher

NE Fishery Council Approves New Monkfish Rules

It’s BP’s Oil

Shrimper Protests BP

Southern New England Lobster Closure Pending

Letters to the Editor

Fishermen Fishing

The Consulting Engineer

Researchers Work to Understand Alewife Populations in Rivers Along Maine’s Coast

Commercial Marine Expo Moves to New Bedford Waterfront

What are the Requirements for Fire Extinguishers on Your Commercial Fishing Vessel?

Julie Eaton, Lobsterman/Photographer

Ocean Marine Insurance – Point Club Reception

Harriet Didriksen Honored

Village Doctor Opens Door to Readers

Back Then

Building a Boat for Bill

Herring Scarce As Season Starts


July Meetings


Capt. Mark East’s Advice Column