These aren’t just old fishermen’s tales. More than two years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, local Gulf Coast fishers are seeing eyeless fish and shrimp, festering sores and tumors on catches and other mutations in their nets.
The University of South Florida conducted a survey after the spill with startling results: between two to five percent of fish in the Gulf now have skin lesions or sores. Before April 20, 2010, just one-tenth of one percent of fish had any of these abnormalities. Researchers believe these are the result of the chemicals found in the oil and the solvents used to ameliorate the spill.
It will take time for the full impact of the oil spill to percolate through the food chain. Zooplankton eat bacteria, shrimp eat zooplankton, fish eat shrimp. Then the large fish eat the smaller ones along with dolphins and seabirds. Because the oil spill was further out at sea and so deep, the consequences are different from other oil spills, like the Exxon Valdez.
Under the terms of the most recent settlement with BP, the seafood industry will be getting $2 billion to compensate for its losses.
Are you entitled to a share? Under the new BP settlement, claims can once again be filed for personal and real property losses, including business losses. The process has been greatly streamlined, and the claims process remains open until April 2014.
Here’s what to do: complete our BP Oil Spill Overview Worksheet and send it to our office via email, fax or mail. We can let you know in a day or two if you have a claim. If you do, we will do all the rest, and you could be receiving payment within 60–90 days from the time we submit your claim.
This isn’t a handout. This is justice.
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