Today was the last day of operation for P & J Oyster Distributors in New Orleans. No oysters available because of the oil spill. This is the first time this business has ceased operations since 1876 - 134 years.
My heart is breaking for all the people (and creatures) in the Gulf. Such a stupid, stupid, tragic waste. I was out on a boat in Prince William Sound one year after the Exxon Valdez and remember how lifeless things were. The gravel beaches were cleared of oil, but covered with sea shells, washed up from the below where the oxygen had been cut off. It was a sight I'll never forget.
I can't even watch the news anymore. I don't live on the coast but it is still a huge part of my life. We eat seafood like most people eat potatoes. Shrimp spawn offshore from early spring to early fall and the young migrate into the marshes after about 30 days. So you can imagine what is happening to that life cycle now. The damage we can see happening is bad enough. I don't even want to think about the damage we can't see happening.
It's all so terrible, and it feels like that it's never going to end. I wish I was more optimistic that the people affected would be compensated fairly or that the ecosystem would be restored in a timely fashion, but it all looks so horrible.
I think the only marginally good news recently is that the turtle eggs that had been rescued have started hatching and the babies are getting into the water ok. DH said he heard or saw something about they weren't sure if they'd go back to lay eggs where they were born or where they originally had been laid. That will be an interesting thing to figure out someday. Otherwise, nothing looks happy to me.