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Oil spill didn’t hurt seagrass-dwelling juvenile fish

Gulf fishes’ health remains unknown

5:52pm, July 13, 2011

Young fish remained abundant last summer and fall in some areas of the Gulf of Mexico that were slammed by the catastrophic 2010 BP oil spill, a new analysis finds. The finding runs counter to initial expectations of huge losses, especially among fish born during or shortly after the April 20, 2010 well blowout.

F. Joel Fodrie of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Kenneth Heck Jr. of the University of South Alabama Dauphin Island Sea Lab tallied numbers of juveniles retrieved by research vessels between mid-July and October 31, 2010. The abundance of these youngsters offered one gau

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