The Future of the Gulf of Mexico
It's been just over two years since the Deepwater Horizon well was capped, ending the largest oil spill in U.S. history. But is it really over? The largest gathering of scientists since the spill met over the weekend at the Tradewinds Island Resort in St. Pete Beach to discuss the damage to the Gulf - and what may yet happen.
The Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Symposium was billed as the first summit to bring together marine scientists, recreational and commercial fishermen - as well as government agencies - to determine what's happened to the biology of the Gulf during the last two years. Part of their discussion was about the safety of eating Gulf seafood and long-term damage to the fisheries.
Florida Matters traveled to the symposium on St. Pete Beach to talk to some of the speakers.
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