Defenders’ expert Richard Charter talks coral reefs with CNN: the life sustained in these incredibly biologically diverse and important habitats, and the dangers posed to them by the ongoing Gulf oil disaster.
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In an interview with CNN, Defenders’ expert Richard Charter discusses the chemical dispersants being applied to the Gulf oil spill by BP and the potential negative impacts they may have on Gulf wildlife such as fish and sea turtles. “This industry needs to wake-up and get serious about safety,” he says. (See Richard’s interview at 2:51)
Yesterday was bookended with images of a Gulf icon, the brown pelican, in gruesomely contrasting circumstances. I arrived yesterday with Jamie Rappaport Clark, Executive Vice President of Defenders of Wildlife and Cindy Hoffman, the organization’s Vice President for Communications. This is our second trip as a trio to the Gulf to assess and document first hand the extent of the impact of the oil spill and the effectiveness of the response.
Oil is extremely toxic to loggerheads and other species. Exposure can cause skin loss, poisoning, drowning and death… which is exactly why we need every available tool to help save the lives of individual loggerheads and save this species from extinction. Urge federal officials to improve protections for loggerhead sea turtles.
BP’s second try at cap-and-kill has helped contain a portion of the oil spill. However, oil continues to move further eastward on the Florida coast, and reports of oil plumes have surfaced.