85 percent of oyster reefs have been lost globally. In many bays, once-plentiful oyster reefs are now functionally extinct. But shellfish lovers shouldn't panic -- most of the oysters they eat today are farmed.
After the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry issued a technical publication. How many of these "lessons learned" have actually been incorporated into the current response to the Gulf oil spill?
Given the large area that was impacted by oil and the variety of state and federal jurisdictions governing the re-opening of oil-affected areas, the FDA should be playing a strong role in ensuring the protection of public health across the Gulf Coast.
Dr. Doug Inkley, senior scientist with the National Wildlife Federation, just returned from another trip to the Gulf Coast. The BP oil disaster is hurting the people who rely on healthy oyster populations.