NOAA Examines Impacts of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Tuna Spawning Areas

An Atlantic bluefin tuna strikes.
An Atlantic bluefin tuna strikes.

NOAA Examines Impacts of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Tuna Spawning Areas

October 20, 2016

In 2010, when the Deepwater Horizon spill poured more than 4 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) population was already depleted, having been subject to significant habitat and fishing pressures for over a decade. A new study uses 16 years of movement and spawning data from electronically tagged tuna to identify the spawning grounds affected by the spill.

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