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Are Recent Gains in Fishing Stock Being Wiped Out In Gulf of Mexico By Illegal Fishing?

08/16/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning. Welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Illegal fishing is a huge and growing problem in the Gulf of Mexico and it’s putting the Gulf Coast economy and our national security at risk. Illegal fishing boats, mostly from Mexico, come into U.S. waters to steal fish, costing our economy dearly. (Globally, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing costs the economy up to $23 per year.) Many of these boats are also used for drug smuggling and other crimes. Yet as big as this pro...

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Geologist says Florida panhandle beaches still affected by tar balls from Deepwater Horizon disaster

05/09/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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More than two years ago the Deepwater Horizon exploded, setting off the worst maritime oil accident in U.S. history. The petroleum industry as well as people in the seafood and tourism sectors would like you to believe the effects of the oil disaster are long gone. But our guest has found lingering evidence of oil and dispersant on the beaches of Florida’s Panhandle. In a manuscript published last month, Rip Kirby i...


Industry-sponsored "Clean Gulf" conference draws fire listen

10/20/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Six months ago today, an oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven workers. The deep water well may have been dead for three months, but the hundreds of millions of gallons of oil that spewed left a stain on the Gulf Coast’s environment as well as its economy. Entities involved in the cleanup touted their response efforts, but not without getting an earful from critics.

The annual Clean Gulf conference is in its twentieth year, but this is the first one since the Deepwater H...

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