Oil Spill Conference Keeps Gulf Disaster in Mind

NOAA conference
Florida State University oceanographer Ian MacDonald speaks at the conference
ST. PETE BEACH (2010-10-5) -

The Gulf oil spill may be out of sight, but for millions of people who depend on the bounties of the Gulf of Mexico, it's hardly out of mind. A conference sponsored by the federal government is aiming at keeping it in the minds of the nation's scientists.

Top researchers from around the nation are gathering at the Don Cesar Resort for two days, brought together by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The idea is to coordinate efforts that are being done in various research facilities, says Steve Murawski, Chief Science Advisor for NOAA's Fisheries Service.

"What we have here is a collection of people actually in the water, on the ground, doing research related to the spill. And that's pretty unique," says Murawski. "There's a lots of people who want to offer opinions on what's going on, but the people gathered here are the spear point, the people who have actually been in the environment collecting data, analyzing data."

Scientists are looking at everything from the spill's effect on people to the effect dispersants had on marine life.

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